Escondido Stories

Hearings near for Harvest Hills

Will the gardens, groves, boutique greenhouses prevent spread of wildfires?

After many delays, the final environmental impact report for Harvest Hills, a hard-fought, high-end housing proposal in rural Escondido, is expected as early as this month. In November, 23 environmental, climate and community groups sent ...

Halloween slippage in north Escondido

Only 10 kids showed up for monster movies

Halloween is “Valentino Frankenstein’s” favorite holiday. The north Escondido resident plays guitar for local Duran Duran and The Cars tribute bands and his monster-moniker is his stage name, partially because he stands 6 feet 4 ...

No new North County sprawl has its consequences

Now you will have to drive down from Riverside

Where are the high paying jobs cropping up in San Diego? North County. And where are many of the big sprawl housing projects proposed? North County. The "two simple numbers" that really count in that ...

Thrown out of a North County Democratic meeting

Esther Sanchez barely misses endorsement for Oceanside mayor

Has an organized Democrat group become too petty for its own good? I was given a heads-up that the September 29 DEMCCO meeting (Democratic Club of Carlsbad Oceanside, self-billed as North County’s largest Dem group) ...

Shoved his girlfriend and Escondido policemen

Plus fixed blade knife in boot

Scott Michael Perry, 30, is a frequent flyer in San Diego County’s court system, he has at least 25 case files. His public record began in the year 2008, when he was 19 years old. ...

How Saudi Arabia affects San Diego gas prices

High-priced stations don't move much

It seems President Trump was correct in his assumption that the Saudi Arabia oil field bombing would not send the world’s gas prices into a tizzy. The U.S. is now the world’s largest exporter of ...

Wet bandits invade Escondido

Cameras catch perps in the act

"The guy in that screen shot looks like one of the 'wet bandits' in the other video,” Mary said to me on a September 20 interview. “Multiple people believe it’s the same guy and they ...

Valley Center mountain lions on Facebook slammed

Three strikes before you kill animal

Around midnight, September 4, Joe Avila was alerted via his phone of a mountain lion lurking within their Valley Center property. “We added the Arlo Pro cameras in the orchard to see what was eating ...

Spiders and spider fear up in San Diego

The amount of rain in San Diego means they have more to eat

North Park and North Escondido dwellers have recently reported of “more” spiders crawling around their homes. Natelle Bracken lives in North Park closer to the 805 freeway. In 2019, she has seen seven black and ...

Someone else's trash in Escondido is not your treasure

Favorite spot: where the 15 freeway passes over North Nutmeg

On August 6, RE/MAX realtor Carmen Cifuentes posted Facebook photos of trash and debris she just discovered. “It was a huge dump on a property that we are selling,” she told me on August 16. ...

Alpha Project, Bread of Life, Solutions for Change – incomparable?

North San Diego County homeless servers step on each others' toes

There was at least one time when struggling addict Mario Duron says the system screwed him. “I had been through drug court. I had been sober for eight months. My probation officer visited my house ...

H Brothers feeds a mac obsession

Comfort food made in earnest in downtown Escondido

Macaroni. I’m not talkin about the feather stuck in Yankee Doodle’s cap, but the cheesy pasta dish. The one that’s somehow both originally Italian and OG American. The one that, when I see it on ...

Witness calls 911 in midst of Escondido beating

Cops use carotid restraint

Javier said he was on the phone with 911 while he walked toward the fight, and he told the attacker to “Let go” of the man on the ground, but when the attacker turned away ...

Ghost rider in Escondido

Why do they choose Mercedes-Benz?

On April 20, Jonathan W. from Clairemont saw a Facebook photo of a teenager climbing out of the sunroof of a Mercedes-Benz W210 in Escondido, while the vehicle “was going fast up a hill.” “They’ll ...

Cake, cronuts, and crullers at Peterson's Donut Corner

New, classic, and everything in between at old-school Escondido donut shop

One of the hallmarks of 21st century foodie-ism in America has been the reinvention of specialty food shops. In addition to the advent of businesses dedicated to perfecting the likes of cupcakes, pickles, and hot ...

Oranges split in Valley Center, Fallbrook, Escondido

Farmers market vendors blame rain

Orange tree owners from Valley Center and Escondido took to social media to vent about their fruit splitting. “What caused the spitting this year?” questioned one woman from Escondido on February 11. “My other citrus ...

Escondido's most expensive gas

“What is he doing out there? Nothing!"

Since Escondido is one of the lowest areas in the county for gas prices, some motorists may be wondering what’s up with the OAAI station on the corner of Centre City Parkway at 9th Avenue. ...

Orange Glen High attacked by Diablos

Use of brass knuckles makes crime a wobbler

Escondido police officer Steve Higgins said he was called to Orange Glen High School the early afternoon of Tuesday, December 18. The officer said he spoke to one teacher, a man in his mid-50s, who ...

Escondido sex offender tries to register

But he didn't have an appointment

A defense attorney claimed that Juan Dolorier did try to register as a sex offender, but there was confusion about what to do and when to do it. Public defender Dan Segura spoke on behalf ...

Escondido Target thieves recognized

The loaded-cart relay

A witness identified as Arturo said he was the loss prevention officer for the Target store on Auto Park Way in Escondido, on September 16. Arturo said it was before noon that day that he ...

The knife was “in the appendix carry”

Escondido cops charged him with concealed weapon

The felon out on probation had his knife lawfully displayed in a sheath on his belt, according to his defense attorney, and so he did not violate California law. And when that felon tossed his ...

Catch a meal, win a prize

1,500 pounds of fish planted on November 19

Dixon Lake, a small, deep reservoir in Escondido, was made famous as the home of an enormous bass. The trout can be quite large, too, and are caught en masse after the lake has been ...

Living room renter stabs Escondido host

They wanted the rest of the $340

"They haven’t removed the stitches, I still have the stitches in there.” Victor touched his ear when he spoke about that weird day when his ear got slashed. It happened on March 31, when he ...

Birthday bonfire in Kit Carson Park

“Absolutely no other criminal record”

An Escondido man created a bizarre birthday bonfire for himself the day he turned 31, overnight between September 12 and 13, according to a police officer who testified in court months later. Officer Adam St. ...

Not the usual carne asada

Kennedy's Meat Co. updated with hybrid tortillas and choice beef

I don’t suppose many readers have occasion to go out in Escondido’s eastern sprawl for carne asada. I doubt most of us need to travel a mile to find a choice of spots serving it. ...

A little sanctuary surrounded by buffalo wings and Guinness beer

These people were telling stories of hurt, vulnerability, divorce, drug addiction

A little sanctuary surrounded by buffalo wings and Guinness beer

Child witness: boyfriend behaved badly

Argument in Escondido apartment

An Escondido woman claimed that an argument about sharing costs of an apartment ended with her getting dropped on her head. The alleged fracas occurred three weeks ago, on August 13. Rochelle testified in a ...

San Diego builds itself into danger

254,400 housing units in brushy, steep, and hard to reach places

According to a new report, San Diego is among the five California counties that have the most homes in high fire risk zones. The county has 254,400 housing units in brushy, steep, and hard to ...

The get-away driver was 18

Says she didn’t know about the gun

The 18-year-old woman said she didn’t know her 21-year-old friend was going to rob that person until he did it. And then she drove away at speed, from police, because she was afraid. Victoria Josephine ...

Homeless man living underground vs. park workers

Kit Carson workers call cops

A man who lived in a ten-foot-deep burrow in an Escondido park threatened city workers after his furniture and things were thrown away, according to testimony in court today, August 13, 2018. Mark Edward Powell, ...

Hopeless addict but not a dealer

Details of meth sales say otherwise

“Mister Alvarez is a man who is hopelessly addicted to methamphetamine,” his defense attorney told a judge during a twenty minute hearing on Monday, July 16, 2018. Defender Lacey Golling asserted that the drugs Alvarez ...

Expensive kick

Man charged $1270 for denting Escondido parks truck

James Matthew Davis, 43, denied causing more than a thousand dollars damage to a park ranger’s truck when he kicked it three months ago, on March 5. Davis is accused of becoming enraged after park ...

Meadiocrity has something to braggot about

Local meadmakers nab a TV homebrew prize

Call San Diego the land of beer and honey, because the guys behind a local mead startup have won a nationally televised beer contest. Andrew Segina, John Botica, and Mark Oberle co-founded Meadiocrity Meadery in ...

The mystery of the famous waffles

The unlikely international intrigue of a mall kiosk

The inconsistencies started piling up. Knowing I would wind up in Escondido at the end of a long workday, I poked around online to find some convenient place to grab a snack before tackling the ...

A thief, a thief, a thief, a thief, a thief...

Our friendship is ceased and null

“I was gonna take Lyft and I wanted to check my balance. I had a negative fourteen cents. She took my very last dollar.” A woman identified as “Sharon” testified this morning that her former ...

Hyundai out raced police copter on I-15 shoulders

Woman loses use of eye, trial suspended

A mis-trial was declared this morning in the case against Eric Wilkes Durland, 27, who was accused of seriously injuring a woman when he crashed into her car while evading police, four months ago. Defense ...

One million dollar houses atop San Pasqual Valley

EIR says no problem in wildfires

When Charlie Jancic thinks about wildfire in the San Pasqual Valley, it’s from real life. In 2007, the Witch Fire and Guejito Fire took his house. “The roads aren’t great — they’re mostly two lanes, ...

The Benadryl did it

Defense claims antihistamine delirium caused killing

“This is not a whodunnit,” the defense attorney told the jury yesterday, May 10. “This was in fact a killing that was done by David McGee.” David Noel McGee Jr., 26, is facing one charge ...

How is this cold sandwich better than a hot one?

The Reader finally gets to Rock n' Jenny's Italian Subs

It looks like I've missed many opportunities to visit Rock n' Jenny's Italian Subs. The East Coast style Italian deli has been dishing up sandwiches and pasta since 1989, and I've always driven right past ...

Escondido's elderly deal with San Francisco's slick

Alarm-permit fee collectors raise ire of son

In 2004 Escondido passed an ordinance to charge an annual fee to register burglar alarms. When the program rolled out, affecting both homes and businesses, alarm owners were confused and frustrated by questions about their ...

Kit Carson Park: where organized activities meet open space

Hike includes internationally know sculpture garden

Something for everyone in Escondido (especially on weekends and holidays).

Seller is willing to accept Bitcoin

The value is in the land, 290 acres of it

“Welcome to Rancho Escondido Groves, your very own private 290.95-acre luxury mountain top estate.” So begins the sales pitch for the property at 1830 Rincon Avenue, in equal parts a development opportunity and potential paradise ...

Stone Brewing goes after MillerCoors

"The Gargoyle does not countenance such misdirection of consumers."

The battle between San Diego independent breweries and Big Beer continues, and this time the fight is going to federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Escondido-based Stone Brewing, long one of the most ...

Pad Thai three ways

There's more than one road to authenticity

Look near the top of any Thai restaurant menu in America, and you're sure to find one Thai dish in particular: Pad Thai. However, as chef Nattapon "Nat" Thitathan explained to me in a recent ...

Escondido accountant on probation

Caught insider trading, made over $27K, penalized over $50K

Donald Paul Jones, an Escondido accountant, has been put on probation for three years and suspended from practice for 45 days. The California Board of Accountancy announced the decision December 28 of last year. Jones ...

San Diego wort workers wanted

Brewers far and wide seek those who've run with the big dogs

Back in June, Copenhagen brewery Mikkeller introduced a new hire for its 12-foeder, wild-ale brewhouse, Baghaven: "This is Ehren Schmidt, our new Master Blender," the announcement read, "A man that knows his shit." Schmidt had ...

King Schascha of the dancehall

Trinidadian and Tobagonian toaster once a Marine, now a soccer lobbyist

Frontman Dave Wakeling is the only original member of the two-tone British ska band that moved from England to Southern California over 25 years ago. He calls all the shots. “The rest of us are ...

Home invader gets 180 days in the clink

Plea deal drops charges of stalking, battery, a count of resisting a police officer...

Noe Colimas Valladares, 28, was sentenced to 180 days in local jail on Monday, December 11th. He was arrested in August after he reportedly entered a home in Escondido and was shot by the man ...

PO'd to miss San Diego's big snow day

"I actually saw all the nuns smile, while they were playing in the snow.”

Fifty years ago yesterday, on December 13, 1967, from Borrego Springs to downtown to Oceanside, snow fell in San Diego County. Perhaps the most dramatic scene was a blanket of snow on the beaches of ...

Mobile-home owner sees water bill jump

Carefree Rancher's quixotic quest to find out what's with the doubled cost

It's one of those fuzzy numbers on a utility bill; in this case, a water-sevice fee charged by Carefree Ranch Mobile Home Park in Escondido, where 77 of its 185 spaces fall under the city's ...

Saw suffering Christians in Thailand

Won't be surprised by heaven's big circles

Membership: 400 Pastor: Tim Spivey Age: 41 Born: Long Beach Formation: Pepperdine University, Malibu; Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX Years in ministry: 20 San Diego Reader: What is your main concern as a member of ...

Trout Derby drama at Dixon Lake

Boyfriend's fish caught near contest's closing has 1/3 oz. advantage

The City of Escondido’s 39th annual Trout Derby at Dixon Lake attracted hundreds of anglers from around Southern California on December 1–3. Even without the planting of huge Nebraska tailwalkers at this year’s opener, stringers ...