Dancing with Our Stars The California Center for the Arts, Escondido will be the scene Saturday, April 13 for the 4th annual Dancing With Our Stars fundraiser. Local community and business leaders perform in this dance competition to benefit the Center’s art education and community outreach programs serving 85,000 people annually. Tickets include an optional VIP Dinner, plus a post-show […]

Local businesses looking forward to another Cruisin’ Grand

The 20th annual Cruisin’ Grand is ready to come rumbling and barreling down the boulevard on April 5 for another six months of warm Friday evenings celebrating America’s enduring romance with the muscle car. The festival will begin 5 p.m.–9 p.m. (although the streets are closed off by 4 p.m.) with the side streets blocked between Ivy and Orange, and […]

City council changes meeting time; cops get a robot

The Escondido City Council voted 3-1 (Mike Morasco voting no and John Masson absent) to change the meeting time for the council from 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays for the open session to 6 p.m. The change, done at the behest of new councilmember Consuelo Martinez, and supported by Mayor Paul McNamara and councilmember Olga Diaz, was adopted with the hopes […]

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 […]

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 […]