Escondido News

Arturo Velasco has his own day

On June 19 the Escondido City Council designated that day, Arturo Velasco Day. The certificate honoring the young man read as follows:   WHEREAS, Arturo Velasco started at COMPACT when he was thirteen years old by joining Helping Hands Jr. Club; and WHEREAS, Arturo joined the Communities of Excellence in nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention. While working in the […]

56th annual Independence Day Festival & Fireworks at the Center

Escondido’s annual Independence Day Festival & Fireworks has become a North County tradition, and for good reason. Each year, 25,000 festival-goers converge on the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (The Center) at Grape Day Park for the holiday festivities. The event is back for its 56th year on Thursday, July 4, 2019 with rockin’ live music, tasty treats, and […]

Departing Chamber CEO Johnston made her mark


Friday night the Escondido Chamber of Commerce said goodbye to Rorie Johnston, who as CEO led the business organization through an eventful six and a half years. An era where the Chamber modernized its procedures and smoothed out some of its operations. For someone who has been as effective a leader as Johnston, it is remarkable that this job was […]

Escondido Chamber installs new chairman, Matt Pound, bids farewell to CEO Rorie Johnston

The theme of Friday night’s 109th installation of officers of the Escondido Chamber of Commerce was a “Starlit Gala,” included a stirring speech by incoming chairman Matt Pound, and an emotional farewell to the Chamber’s CEO, Rorie Johnston. Pound told the group gathered in the museum of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido:  “The largest challenge I believe we […]

City staff suggests ½ cent sales tax hike to stop “budget gap”


At the June 12 Escondido city council meeting a report by the staff on the proposed operating budget for FY 2019-2020 pointed out that over the next 18 years the city faces a $176 million budget gap. The much more detailed staff report than in previous years reflected the desire of the new city council that took office in January, […]

Temporary vehicle restrictions planned during Comic-Con 2019

To maximize safety and security during Comic-Con 2019, access to Harbor Drive in front of the San Diego Convention Center will be temporarily restricted during the annual convention. The San Diego Convention Center, in partnership with the Port of San Diego and the City of San Diego, are providing the following information to assist attendees, the general public and stakeholders […]


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