Escondido News

Puttin’ on the Ritz: Groundbreaking Saturday for classic theater restoration


The old Bijou/Ritz Theater that has lain unused for several decades is about to get a revival that could make it the crown jewel of the Grand Avenue renewal, a transformation into a church, arts and entertainment center. Quite a journey for a 80-year old building that was once the only theater in Escondido, and for a while was the […]

Seven men arrested during online prostitution


On 03/26/2019, the Escondido Police Department partnered with the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force, and Detectives from San Diego Sheriff Department, National City Police Department, San Diego County Probation, San Diego Police Department, San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, California Department of Justice, and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service conducted an operation targeting individuals seeking prostitution via the internet. […]

Residents can now shoot hoops at Washington Park

The resurfacing of the basketball courts, the first of many projects to take place at Washington Park is complete. The first stage of the ball field and tennis court renovations have begun with the removal and replacement of fencing, and repairs and improvements to the pool house and recreation buildings are ongoing. All projects are expected to be complete by […]

EFD welcomes new paramedic

The Escondido Fire Department recently welcomed Randell Reiner, its newest paramedic. Randell completed his orientation academy last week and has joined his fellow crew members staffing EFD ambulances. Randell is assigned to Station 7 on C shift. Shown are Division Chief Art Holcomb (left), Paramedic Randall Reiner (center) and Division Chief John Tenger (right.) Photo courtesy of the Escondido Fire […]

Mountain Lion Seen Along Escondido Creek


Submitted by Escondido Creek Conservancy Earlier this month, fresh mountain lion tracks were seen by our land managers and a sighting was reported by a local volunteer, all within a 2-mile stretch of the Escondido Creek near Elfin Forest. These sightings have raised excitement at the possibility that such a majestic creature is visiting our watershed, but there are also […]

Escondido-based Henry Avocado issues recall; fruit may have been contaminated


By DAVID ROSS Escondido-based Henry Avocado has issued a recall of whole fruit sold in retail stores in Arizona, California, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Wisconsin because of the risk of contamination by Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious, sometimes fatal infections in children, seniors and those with weakened immune systems. The possibly tainted fruit came from […]

Arson and Hate Crime at Escondido Mosque


During the early morning hours of March 24, 2019, the Escondido Police and Fire Communication Center received a 911 phone call from the Dar-ul-Arqam Mosque on 6th Street in Escondido. The caller reported the building on fire and had been extinguished with a fire extinguisher. Escondido Police and Fire Department personnel arrived and determined the incident to be an arson. […]

Calif’s 2nd largest orthopedic unit maintains high customer satisfaction


Steve McCoy, an active 69-year old, for many years lived with the pain of a knee injury incurred while playing high school football in the 1960s. Until finally he couldn’t take it anymore. He made an appointment with one of the most highly regarded orthopedic surgeons in the state, Dr. Thomas Knutson. Four months after that surgery McCoy says, “My […]

NCTD holds multi-agency train crash drill Wednesday

Wednesday night North County Transit District (NCTD) and Pacific Sun Railroad conducted an emergency exercise at an agency rail yard in Escondido.  The exercise scenario simulated a freight rail incident along the Escondido rail corridor that includes an automobile collision and a simulated hazardous material leak. It also tested the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services online communications system, […]

Highway section dedicated to fallen hero

Local officials held a solemn ceremony Saturday dedicating the “CAL FIRE Firefighter Cory Iverson Memorial Highway” for the fallen hero from Escondido who died in the line of duty fighting the Thomas Fire in 2017 in Ventura County. An 8-year CAL FIRE veteran, Iverson had worked 7 years with the Harmony Grove Fire Department before joining Cal Fire in 2009. […]


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