Getting closure on loss of hospital’s ER

Palomar Health’s closure of the emergency department is but a mile­stone on the road toward full closure and sale of downtown Escondido’s hos­pital and grounds. Opened in 1965, the hospital is the victim of old age, crumbling infrastruc­ture and the changing nature of health care. The ER will close on March 14. No date has been set for full closure […]

Huge Torrey Pine smashes Escondido cottage

A tree once declared to be the second tallest Torrey pine in the state crashed to the ground during the last storm, flatten­ing a small historic cottage in the 500 block of E. 4th Ave. in Escondido, dur­ing a violent wind storm two weeks ago. While the giant tree with an 8-foot diameter trunk could have landed on the historic […]

Fine wineries, cool coffeehouses, live music—

Orfilia Vinyard and Winery offers live music and food from gourmet food trucks Sundays from 4 to 6 p.m. The winery is at 13455 San Pasqual Road, Escondido. Check orfilia.com for offerings of various gourmet food trucks and music choices. The Kettle Coffee & Tea holds an open mic night Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Musicians show up at […]

Temporary Full Road Closure – Stanley Lane

TEMPORARY FULL ROAD CLOSURE TO THROUGH TRAFFIC ON STANLEY LANE, BETWEEN ASH STREET AND CONWAY DRIVE Due to the installation of new wet and dry utility services, the City of Escondido advises motorists that Stanley Lane between Ash Street and Conway Drive will be closed during construction. A full closure of the street will be in effect Monday, February 29, […]

Q&A with Candidate Sam Abed

Escondido Mayor Sam Abed is run­ning against Kristin Gaspar and Dave Roberts, the incumbent San Diego County Supervisor. And it looks like the only thing either of his opponents have over him is that Kristin Gaspar is much better looking than he. Gaspar is tall, blonde and, since 2014, the mayor of Encinitas. Not that Abed doesn’t have his at­tractions. […]

Escondido Crime Blotter

• On Feb. 12, the Escondido Police Department conducted a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint near Centre City Parkway and Decatur Way. According to authorities, a little un­der 1400 vehicles drove through the checkpoint. A total of 25 citations were issued at the checkpoint, including six for sus­pended licenses, 16 for unlicensed driv­ers and six for not having insurance. One […]

Patio Playhouse theater presents ‘The Fabulous Lipitones’

What happens when a barbershop quartet loses their tenor to a heart- stopping high B-flat right before a na­tional competition? Find out in The Fabulous Lipitones. Running at Patio Playhouse February 19 through March 13, this uproarious comedy puts a fusty American musi­cal genre into today’s globalized, sen­sationalistic world. When a barbershop quartet loses a key member to a heart-stopping […]

Escondido Police are seeking tips on sex offender

Police are seeking tips on sex offender The Escondido Police are seeking the public’s help in finding John Patrick Butler.  Butler is a registered sex offender who failed to update his registration information as required by law. He wanted on a felony charge for failing to do so. John Patrick Butler is a white male, 55 years old, 5’8”, 200 […]

Boulder Oaks Golf Club could become a jewel

Like a beautiful butterfly morph­ing from a caterpillar, the Boulder Oaks Golf Club is emerging from a previous form. The end result could make this new course in Hidden Meadows one of the most picturesque, challenging and unique tracks in all of San Diego County. In its past iteration, Boulder Oaks used to be known as Meadow Lake Coun­try Club, […]

Gardeners will talk on organic veggies

Gangretto’s Garden Club will offer information on planting spring veg­gies March 12 at Gangretto’s Farm and Garden Supply, 1105 W. Mission Ave., Escondido. Experts will give advice on starting an organic vegetable garden and keep­ing it going. Talks also take place at store branches in Fallbrook, March 5; Encinitas, March 26; and Valley Center on April 2. For more information, visit […]