Escondido Stories

Top events and things to do in San Diego this week, April 17–April 23

An evening of artists’ talks presented in conjunction with the gallery’s exhibition Personal Narratives. You will have an opportunity to view the exhibition before the talks, present questions, and mingle afterward. Artists: Richard Burkett, Maryann ...

Manure stench plagues anti-Fletcher donor

Escondido developer with San Diego lobbyist opens front against neighbors

Could a political contribution by any other name smell sweeter to San Diego Republicans? That seems to be one of two persistent questions for Los Angeles developer Michael Schlesinger, who has been battling nearby residents ...

Escondido truck vandal faces charges

David Gordon Huntley claims he was temporarily insane

A man on probation is accused of causing $5000 damage to a truck sitting on an Escondido car lot two months ago. At a court hearing on April 7, defendant David Gordon Huntley heard evidence ...

Sampler Flight: April 1 – 6

A trio of festivals form the basis for fermentable fun

April 5 | Craft Beer ‘N’ Bites: SILO, an open-air event space in East Village’s Makers Quarter, will play host to a beer-and-food-event featuring pairings from local restaurants and breweries including Societe Brewing Company, Green ...

Developer Stuck in the Rough gets warning letter

No fine levied against silent backer of Lincoln Club’s Fletcher hit pieces

The state’s Fair Political Practices Commission has handed a warning letter — but no fine — to a five-figure financial backer of the GOP Lincoln Club’s war of hit pieces against Nathan Fletcher last year. ...

Sampler Flight: March 18 – 24

A small but formidable handful of local beer events

March 22 | Bands & Beers: Music and beer aren’t all that different. A creative drive is behind both of these artistic ventures, after all. Both mediums will be celebrated together when bands, The Mice, ...

Escondido man denies stalking charge

Ex-convict accuses mother of his children of infidelity

Marco Antonio Carapia, 34, pleaded not guilty today, March 17, to felony stalking of the mother of his two children. “In his mind, I was screwing everybody,” a woman identified as Ashley told a judge. ...

Thief admits taking Reuben H. Fleet memorabilia

Plea deal made with felon

Edward Charles Peek admitted grand theft and was immediately sentenced to 16 months’ custody on Wednesday, March 12. He could have received as much as three years in prison for stealing what investigators described as ...

Escondido police heat up cold murder case

Rene Sanchez, then 16, denies shooting at Halloween party

On February 19, Rene Sanchez was brought into a San Diego courtroom, where he denied killing a man during a Halloween party at an Escondido home in 2007. Sanchez pleaded not guilty to one count ...

Coast to Crest Trail — Old Coach Staging Area to Raptor Ridge

Hike to Raptor Ridge and see many species of raptors from this viewpoint.

Kumeyaays’ “valley of the eagles” still worthy of the name.

A change of life at Stone Farms

Life on the farm must include beer.

Post Title: Crops and Hops: Inside Stone Brewing’s Organic (and Public!) Farm Post Date: November 4, 2013 “When I moved onto the farm, it was me and my wife Jessica trying to find a change ...

Big doin’s for Belching Beaver

The history of Belching Beaver Brewery (980 Park Center Drive, Vista) is short, but with a number of projects near completion, its future’s looking bright. A recent conversation with owner Tom Vogel turned up plans ...

Escondido teen accused of robberies at knife-point

Ruben Trejo Cardenas denies gang allegations

A criminal defense attorney on February 10 suggested that the tattoo “ESCO VIEJO” on his client merely expresses fondness for his hometown and is not connected to a violent street gang. “Esco viejo” translates as ...

Man in stolen car claimed to be Marine

CHP officer said he was given false ID

California Highway Patrol officer Adam DeGraffenreid said the license plate on the red Honda Accord came back registered to a Toyota on the afternoon of October 19, 2013. The driver said his name was Christian ...

Beer of the Week: Matt’s Burning Rosids

It’s not about the beer…it’s about the person that beer pays tribute to

Last August, news of a fatal accident at Stone Brewing Co. made its way across the Internet, radio, and airwaves. Many reports listed the victim as merely a “worker,” “employee,” or “brewer.” Eventually, the media ...

Escondido man suspected of being burglar extraordinaire

Repeat felon denies break-ins committed all over North County

Investigators claim they were able to connect a repeat felon to a string of burglaries in San Diego County through fingerprints and DNA he left behind. Thirty-one-year-old Roberto Lazaro Dimas pleads not guilty to eight ...

Escondido police called for domestic drama

Ballistic shield and police canine deployed to remove boyfriend

Officer Robert Craig said at a court hearing on January 21 that he was called to speak with a distraught woman on the evening of November 3 of last year. Twenty-seven-year-old Catalina Botello said she ...

Anything Goes at Welk Resort Theater

Somebody should write a musical: The Last of the Tap Dancers. There’s only one left and the uniquely American art may vanish. When the Tap Dancer learns he/she’s the end of the line, he/she goes ...

Palomar Health gets low debt rating and warning

Heavy debt load cited by Fitch

Fitch Ratings has affirmed the BB+ rating on Palomar Health's outstanding debt and revised the rating outlook to negative from stable. Only two years ago the healthcare operator, formerly known as Palomar Pomerado Health System, ...

Sampler Flight: Jan. 14-20

Where there’s smoke, there’s onion rings and a bon voyage party

January 15 | Where There’s Smoke: Rye and chile peppers combine to bring award-winning flavor to Manzanita Brewing Company’s World Beer Cup bronze-earning beer, Where There’s Smoke. Get a taste of a literally world class ...

Produce is a vehicle for our souls

Pesticides kill bugs — how can they not be killing people? San Diego — indeed, California — is a leader in the production of organic vegetables and fruit.

More Stuck in the Rough cash for Republican Faulconer

And Unions continue giving big to Democrat Alvarez

With election day less than five weeks away, campaign cash to both sides in the battle for San Diego mayor is gushing through a sometimes confusing and byzantine network of corporations, unions, and political committees. ...

Escondido police suspect cousins in robberies

Demand of “give me all the money” before pistol-whipping the clerk

Police found evidence connecting two men with at least four armed robberies that occurred recently in Escondido. One of them was due to be arraigned in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse for felony robbery ...

City of Escondido contemplates equine-centric park

El Caballo Park is taking shape based on community involvement

Ensconced in the eastern edge of Escondido between the Humane Society and Dog Park, the Charros Arena and its surroundings serve as a staging ground for hikers, bikers, and horse riders. The south end of ...

2013’s Most Anticipated Projects

Did new brewery venues live up to the hype?

One of the biggest parts of my job as a beer journalist is keeping up on work-in-progress brewing companies looking to come online throughout the county. The current number of upcoming breweries I’m monitoring is ...

2013’s Fastest-Growing Brewing Companies

There was no shortage of evolution this year

The number of brewing companies opening around the county in 2013 was unmatched, and so too was the number of new facilities opened by existing brewing companies. The following is a list of the most ...

2013’s Best New Brewing Companies

The finest of an unprecedentedly extensive rookie class

As I did last year, I’m calling out the best new brewing operations to debut in 2013 or so late last year that they didn’t qualify for the 2012 rookie of the year race. Last ...

Gun protest on anniversary of Sandy Hook massacre

Walmart, Congress, NRA, Breaking Bad all culpable

About 40 men and women held a silent rally at Westfield North County Mall in Escondido on Saturday, December 14, the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook mass murder of 26 people at a Connecticut ...

San Dieguito River Park, Highland Valley Trail

The Highland Valley Trail travels east along the grasslands.

The Highland Valley Trail is part of the San Dieguito River Park trail system. Eventually it will extend 55 miles from Volcan Mountain near Julian to the Pacific Ocean at Del Mar. The Highland Valley ...

Escondido burglars sent to prison

Armed with baseball bats, but crime spree stopped by Navy veterans

On December 5, Antonio Gabriel Amador, 18, and Brandon Douglas Martinez, 20, were both sentenced to seven years in state prison for burglary and robbery. In their plea deals, four other felonies were dismissed for ...

Sampler Flight: December 11-16

This week’s beer events headlined by Saturday, supper, stout

December 11 | FiftyFifty Eclipse Release: A beer release is almost always a special affair, but the wow factor of this highly coveted barrel-aged imperial stout from Truckee, California’s FiftyFifty Brewing Company and brewers' presence ...

Stepdaughter charged in Escondido murder

Asiatae Robinette Bell denies breaking off two knives in 54-year-old woman

“This 35-year-old defendant stabbed her 54-year-old stepmother over 15 times with two separate knives,” a prosecutor said as Asiatae Robinette Bell glared at the deputy district attorney from a holding cell. Last week, on November ...

Sampler Flight: November 27-December 10

Two weeks' worth of San Diego beer events, including one of my own!

December 10 | Complete Guide to San Diego Breweries Release Party: OK, it’s not first in sequential order, but I’ll be shameless because I want to see you at this one. Stone Brewing World Bistro ...

Sampler Flight: November 19–25

Back in time times two, and other local craft beer fun

November 21 | Time Machine Beer Dinner: One has beer, but no on-site food. The other has a kitchen, but is having trouble keeping its house beers in stock. What to do? Join forces to ...

Harmony Grove Spiritualist Association

Love is the bridge to God

Interview with pastor April Leona Cunningham of Escondido’s Harmony Grove Spiritualist Association. She says she predicted the death of Robert and John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sampler Flight: November 12–19

Beer Week’s over, but beery good times are always on tap

November 12 | Master Pairings Beer & Cigar Dinner: It’s a hugely popular tradition—a decadent evening celebrating food, beer, and cigars—that’s making its way to Stone Brewing Co.’s second and largest restaurant. Dishes like chicharrones, ...

Best of Beer Week: November 6

Kicking off the second half of San Diego Beer Week with a bang

12 Brewers, 12 Casks, 12 Mallets: Drop in on a simultaneous tapping of a dozen specialty casks of familiar Stone Brewing Co. beers augmented by myriad ingredients including blueberries, heather, elderflowers, Thai chilies, milk sugar, ...

Greg's mantra

Guitarist goes zen in Escondido on November 3

“They’re like the Led Zeppelin of mantra music, an extraordinary group of musicians who have accepted me into their musical world, despite all evidence being against it,” says Lake Hodges guitarist Greg Douglass of his ...

San Diego's Top 10 Breweries

Awash in suds

San Diego’s top-ten breweries, according to Brandon Hernández, who was here when it all began.

Best of Beer Week: November 3

Suggestions for closing out the first weekend of San Diego Beer Week

Chargers vs. Redskins Sour Brunch: The Chargers appear to be on the right track. Catch this case of lightning in a bottle along with glass after glass of tart, tasty sour beer from a board ...

Land owner Stuck in the Rough puts up fencing in Escondido

Hires “no-holds-barred” attorney, threatens action on WWII vet and others

Since the Escondido City Council passed the citizen-generated initiative on August 14, 2013, preventing development of the former Escondido Country Club property, the land-use battle moved into the court system for final resolution. But in ...

Sampler Flight: October 22–27

Priming the pump pre-San Diego Beer Week

October 25 | Halloween Party: Costumes are optional, but Mission Brewery guarantees to hold up its end of the early All Hallow’s Eve equation, promising beer, music, food trucks and “unlimited scares.” Not sure how ...

Sampler Flight: October 16–20

A trio of festivals and more are right around the corner

October 19 | Grand Opening Celebrewtion: After 11 months in business, Vista’s Belching Beaver Brewery is finally holding its official grand opening. Realizing they’re almost a year in, they’re also releasing their first anniversary ale. ...

Escondido trio tied to string of Fallbrook car burglaries

Three Escondido residents were arrested yesterday (October 9) in connection with a string of “smash-and-grab” robberies taking place at the trailhead of the Monserate Mountain Preserve in Fallbrook between September 19 and October 4. Bryan ...

We did it guerrilla style

We launched our brand on Instagram

Can’t tell the young guys from Stone Brewing, Saint Archer Brewing, or Rowlberto Productions a thing about entrepreneurialism. All have employed innovative ways of reaching their business goals.

Big Softies: Two Kids Brewing & Plan 9 Alehouse

Two nanobrewing operations soft open in same week

These days, it seems like a new brewery is opening every week. Well, that’s just not true. Case in point—last week, when two new brewing companies entered their soft open stage. For the most part, ...

Burglary Glen

Hanging out at Grandma’s, ripping off her neighbors

Eva Knott’s findings from the court files of 21-year-old Wyatt Taylor Johnson, who burglarized a handful of his grandmother’s neighbors and pawned their stolen possessions. He admitted to four counts of first-degree felony burglary and expects to get four years prison when he is sentenced on November 18.

Top 10 on tap

Updating the brewing projects I’m most excited about

Earlier this year, I shared the local brewing projects I was most highly anticipating. Most of them (Pizza Port Bressi Ranch, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station, Benchmark Brewing Company, Hess Brewing ...

Sampler Flight: September 17–22

From chicks to pigs, it’s one animal of a week for beer lovers

September 17 | Chicks for Beer: Hey ladies, feel like a night of craft brew appreciation without fear of having it ruined by those know-it-all beer dudes? Join this Bay Park suds standout for a ...

Did Amgen bike tour take City of Escondido for a ride?

City paid more for 2013 race than anticipated, takes pass on 2014

Escondido first hosted the finish of the Amgen Tour of California in 2009. The world’s best cyclists competed over local terrain, finishing with a sharp left turn from Escondido Boulevard onto Grand Avenue and ending ...

$35 for a 1-Hour Massage, Chiropractic Exam, & Adjustment at Perez Chiropractic

Regularly $75

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Sampler Flight: August 27-31

Beer-centric ways to relax leading up to Labor Day

August 30 | Support the Troops Fundraiser: Kick off the long weekend with feel-good beer and the good feeling that comes from contributing to a worthy cause. From 6 to 9 p.m., a portion of ...