Escondido News

El Norte Parkway Improvement Project completed

On August 12, the El Norte Parkway Improvement project was accepted as complete by the Escondido City Council.  This project removed a bottleneck over the Escondido Creek to provide two lanes of traffic in each direction, added bike lanes, and installed a pedestrian signal at the bridge.  Key features of this project include construction of a new bridge, stamped medians […]

High speed pursuit from Valley Center to Escondido

Two people are in custody after leading Sheriff’s Deputies on a high-speed pursuit from Valley Center to unincorporated Escondido on Tuesday night, just after 9 p.m. near Hwy 76 and Pala Mission Road.  That’s when a deputy from the Valley Center Sheriff’s Substation spotted a stolen truck in the area. When he tried to pull over the driver near SR-76 […]

Former city councilmember Tom D’Agosta dies

Former Escondido City Councilmember Tom D’Agosta passed away last week. He served on the Escondido City Council from November 7, 2000 – November 2, 2004. Mr. D’Agosta was an Escondido native and owned a local development firm. In a quote from a 2004 Union-Tribune Article he shared, “This is my town that has given me so much,” he said. “It […]

Five officers receive DUI awards

On July 29, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) conducted their annual Law Enforcement Recognition Awards ceremony in a virtual setting across California. Five Escondido police officers were recognized for their efforts in combating DUIs through enforcement. Officer Pete McCollough was recognized for making 115 DUI arrests for the year. Officer McCollough has filled a California Office of Traffic Safety grant […]

New budget goes before county supervisors


The first of two virtual public hearings on the County’s budget took place at the Board of Supervisors meeting Monday. The County transformed its new budget to meet rising demands amidst COVID-19, the economic crisis and worldwide calls for social justice and racial equality. The recommended $6.4 billion budget for fiscal year 2020-21 shows an increase of $159 million or […]

Escondido Fire Department quickly contains garage fire

Friday August 7, at about 9:28 p.m., the Escondido Police and Fire Communication Center received a report of a structure fire at the south end of Valley Meadow Place.  Callers reported seeing flames in the attic over the home’s garage. A structure fire response was dispatched and the first arriving company officer reported heavy smoke and fire conditions with fire […]

Progress continues on SDG&E’s Midway Drive replacement project

A lot of progress has been made on the Midway Drive Replacement Project pipeline safety project over the summer. SDG&E crews have been able to complete the installation of more than two miles of new pipe along with advanced safety features. This brings the project to approximately 75% completion. Since February, construction work has moved from Midway Drive and Lincoln […]

City issues temporary business recovery permits

The City has received and approved 24 Business Recovery Temporary Use Permits for the following industries throughout the City, with more in process.  Nail/Hair Salons and Barbershops – 4 • Restaurants – 12 Breweries – 2 Gyms–3 Art, Museums, and Retail – 3 Additionally, 26 of the City’s fitness related recreation classes have been moved to outdoor locations, utilizing the […]

14 arrested in fentanyl ring

Fourteen suspects have been arrested by Sheriff’s deputies and the Narcotics Task Force as part of an investigation into overdoses of fentanyl. Earlier this summer, San Diego Sheriff’s deputies responded to about ten calls for service regarding suspected fentanyl overdoses in North County tribal communities. Sheriff’s Narcotic Division detectives responded and conducted an extensive investigation into the origin of the […]

Bear Valley Parkway motorcycle fatality

A fatal collision between an SUV and a motorcycle occurred on Bear Valley Parkway in the unincorporated portion of Escondido. On August 1, 2020 at approximately 3:55 PM a Yamaha motorcycle was traveling southbound on Bear Valley Parkway approaching Birch Avenue within the left lane.  An Acura SUV was traveling eastbound on Birch Avenue.  The Acura stopped at the stop […]


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