Escondido

Goodwill Industries Thrift Shop digs out from El Nino damage

Even as Escondido’s venerable Goodwill Industries Thrift Shop was being cleaned up after El Nino huffed and puffed and blew it’s roof down, donations kept coming. And Goodwill officials already were looking toward a grand re-opening celebration, the entire community invited. “We’re still accepting donations here,” said Beth Forsberg, Goodwill Industries of San Diego County vice president, retail and operations, standing in the shadows of…


Food for fines went fine, volunteering and more Escondido community news

Library ‘Holiday Food for Fines’ program deemed successful Escondido Public Library’s principal librarian Joanna Axelrod didn’t mince words. “Escondido Public Library’s annual Holiday Food for Fines program proved once again to be very successful,” Axelrod said. “During the collection drive, which ran from Monday, Nov. 30 through Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, the Library accumulated 50 crates of food weighing an estimated 1,500 pounds.” The program lets library…


Behold the tallest 22 buildings in all the land, or at least Escondido

Escondido features two high-rise buildings, 36 low-rise buildings, four open-air structures, two masts (poles) and one stadium, according to Emporis, a global provider of building information. The Emporis top 20 tallest buildings listing hasn’t been updated to include what now rules the skyscape roost, i.e. Palomar Medical Center at 2185 Citracado Parkway and didn’t list the Escondido Police & Fire Headquarters, 115,371-square-feet on 6.6. acres…


El Nino huffed and puffed and blew Goodwill Industries Thrift Store roof down

“Quite frankly, when I got the first phone call, it was there’s a problem with the roof. The second phone call was the roof collapsed and third phone call was thank goodness our staff got out safely.” — Beth Forsberg, Goodwill VP Retail & Operations, at the scene Thursday morning. Goodwill Industries Thrift Store workers spent Thursday mopping and moping. The group’s venerable thrift shop at…


Interfaith’s new year-round Haven House Emergency Shelter opens for business

Who: Interfaith Community Services What: Grand Opening of the Year-Round Haven House Emergency Shelter Where: 550 W. Washington Ave, Escondido, CA 92025 When: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23 Following a successful final inspection today by Escondido officials, Interfaith Community Services’ homeless shelter, Haven House, opens for business tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 23. This is the first year for the groundbreaking Haven House, a new year-round emergency center designed to house up…


North Escondido marijuana collective slated for rural single-family house

A lot of people around North Escondido may be blowing smoke, but soon might be able to do it in the medical marijuana manner with a pot dispensary at 8530 Nelson Way, Escondido 92026. A new medical marijuana store apparently is just one San Diego Sheriff’s Office approval away from being allowed to open. Somehow, proprietors of the newly created, and name not yet disclosed,…


Lowest gas prices in Southern California? Try Escondido on the road to $2 per gallon

As of 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, the U.S. Gas station at 445 W 5th Ave., at the corner of Centre City Parkway in Escondido, sold the lowest-priced regular gas in San Diego County. In fact, for the past few weeks, several of Escondido’s independent stations have been locked in penny-by-penny price reduction to be the lowest in the county. According to Gasbuddy.com, on the…


Fun Saturday around Escondido featured parade, art walk, and festivities downtown

“Maple Street Plaza was bustling with craft vendors and shoppers. Downtown Escondido was alive today with seasonal spirit.” — Matt Fox, realtor Saturday started early and continued often around downtown Escondido with  “A Superhero Christmas” kicking off at 9:30 a.m. at Escondido High School. That would be, in other words, the staging point for the Escondido Jaycees 65th Annual Christmas Parade. Under cool, but sunny skies,…


Iconic Major Market has gone to the Stumps

Escondido’s iconic upscale supermarket, Major Market, has gone to the Stumps. That’s Stump’s Family Marketplace with an upscale market at Ocean Beach Stump’s wasted no time taking over the Major Market brand either, quickly rebranding the store’s Facebook sites. Actually, it was a week of coming and going for Stump’s, which had its 10,000-square-foot Rancho Santa Fe outlet closed after landlord Susan Wooley raised the…


‘Price is Right’ goes wrong for controversial Southwest Sewer Realignment Project

Toxic waste below didn’t stop this project. Bids straight out of a “Price is Right” show gone wrong sure did. Based on the recommendation of Escondido Director of Utilities Chris McKinney, the Southwest Sewer Realignment project along Felicita Road, slated to begin this month, has gone back to the old fiscal drawing board. Bids were wildly divergent, ranging from $6.4 million to nearly $17 million….