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City Manager Announces Resignation 

10/21/16 Categories: City of Escondido


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido City Manager Graham Mitchell informed the City Council today of his plans to resign no later than December 31, 2016 due to personal reasons.

Mr. Mitchell has been the City Manager in Escondido since December 2015 following the retirement of Clay Phillips.  Prior to that he was Assistant City Manager from June to December 2015.  He previously was City Manager in Lemon Grove for twelve years, as well as City Manager for three years in Farmersville, CA. 


Voter Registration Dealine Approaching 

10/03/16 Categories: City of Escondido


CONTACT: Diane Halverson, 760-839-4617

Escondido City Clerk Diane Halverson reminds residents that Monday, October 24 is the last day to register to vote in the General Municipal Election to be held November 8, 2016.

During regular business hours, you may register at the San Diego County Registrar of Voters or online at  Registration cards are available at the City Clerk’s Office during regular business hours.

If you have moved, changed your name (due to marriage or court order), or wish to change your party affiliation since the last election, you must re-register no later than midnight, Monday, October 24.

If you have any questions concerning voter registration, please contact the Registrar of Voters Office at 858-565-5800, or the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 201 North Broadway, Escondido, 760-839-4617.



Queen Califia's Magical Circle Open This Saturday 10/8 

10/03/16 Categories: City of Escondido


CONTACT: Kristina Owens, 760-839-4519


Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public this Saturday, October 8, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Queen Califia docents will be on site to answer questions.

Queen Califia's Magical Circle is the only American sculpture garden and the last major international project created by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002). Inspired by California's mythic, historic, and cultural roots, the garden consists of nine large-scale sculptures, a circular "snake wall" and maze entryway, sculpturally integrated bench seating and native shrubs and trees planted within the interior plaza and along the outer perimeter. The garden bears the brilliant, unique mosaic ornamentation that is an unmistakable part of de Saint Phalle's later work.


Escondido’s Downtown Certified Farmers Market is Moving Locations 

09/26/16 Categories: City of Escondido

CONTACT: Chrisanne Moates, Escondido Arts Partnership, 760-480-4101

Escondido’s Downtown Certified Farmers Market is Moving Locations

Escondido’s Tuesday Farmers Market run by the Escondido Arts Partnership (EAP) will be moving to a new location on Tuesday, September 27th. The new location will span the block of Juniper between Grand Avenue and Valley Parkway as well as Heritage Garden. Both the City of Escondido and the EAP look forward to the move bringing new energy to the market and more exposure to those commuting along Valley Parkway. The City conducted a survey of Downtown businesses this spring and the majority of respondents were in favor of moving the market off Grand Avenue.
Downtown Escondido's Certified Farmers Market showcases fresh-picked California-grown fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Friendly vendors also offer local honey, eggs, fresh-roasted nuts, pesto, fresh pasta, gourmet European breads, Julian pies, salsa, tamales, tortillas, pita and humus, cookies, dessert breads, and more.
The Farmers Market is sponsored by the Escondido Arts Partnership of Escondido. For more information about becoming a vendor at the market, please call Chrisanne Moates at 760-480-4101.


Town Hall Meeting on September 21 

09/07/16 Categories: City of Escondido


CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido Mayor Sam Abed will hold a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway. Following a brief update by the Mayor, residents will have an opportunity to ask questions or share their thoughts on any topic relating to city government.  The event is free and no reservations are required.

The meeting will be videotaped and rebroadcast the following Sunday and Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. on Cox. Ch. 19 and AT&T U-Verse Ch. 99

This is the twelfth town hall meeting Mayor Abed has held since his election as Mayor.



Night Time Road Work, Sept. 7-15 

09/06/16 Categories: City of Escondido


CONTACT: Kevin Brickley, 760-855-6129

In order to minimize traffic delays and road closures during daytime hours, the City of Escondido has issued a variance to allow PAL Engineering to perform asphalt work from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. from September 7, 2016 to September 15, 2016 on the following streets throughout Escondido:


  • East Valley Parkway between Harding Street and North Midway Drive
  • West El Norte Parkway between North Nutmeg Street and Centre City Parkway
  • Auto Parkway between Andreasen Drive and South Hale Avenue


Every effort will be made to minimize the impact on the public. Message boards will be posted prior to the start of work in the area where the work will be performed.  “No Parking” signs will be displayed in advance for the area of work. Detours signs will be posted during road closures.



Escondido Eases Water Restrictions 

08/18/16 Categories: City of Escondido


CONTACT: Elisa Marrone, 760-8394075


On August 17, 2016, the Escondido City Council voted to ease water restrictions from a Response Level 2 to a Response Level 1- Water Shortage Watch Condition. The approval removes the three days per week, seven minutes per station outdoor watering restrictions that had been in place since June 2015.  Recent changes to state mandates now allow for a flexible approach to conservation after Escondido and the San Diego region showed sufficient supplies are available for the coming years. Customers still are encouraged to use water wisely.  As a reminder, the following restrictions are enforced at all times regardless of which Response Level the city is in:


  • Leaks and line breaks must be repaired as soon as they are discovered.
  • Eliminate excessive runoff from over watering.
  • Irrigate landscapes between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 a.m.
  • Fountains must re-circulate the water.
  • Washing any vehicle with a hose not having a water shut-off nozzle is prohibited.
  • Washing hardscape with a hose or other pressurized source is prohibited.
  • Watering or irrigating outdoor landscaping with potable water during rainfall or within 48 hours if rainfall is prohibited.
  • Hotel or motel must provide guests with the option not to have towels and/or linens laundered daily.
  • Restaurants or other places where food is served will not serve drinking water to customers unless requested by the customer.
    From Escondido Municipal Code, Article 5, including Section 31-230 and Section 31-232


Visit the Water Conservation page on the City of Escondido’s website for more information:



08/15/16 Categories: City of Escondido


CONTACT: Randy Manns, 760-839-6290 X7031

Construction will soon being on the Vista Verde Reservoir replacement project. The Notice to Proceed was given on August 10, 2016 and construction is anticipated to be completed by August 10, 2018 (730 Calendar Days).


This project is part of the City of Escondido’s Capital Improvements Program. Two new reservoirs will be constructed northwest of the Vista Verde Way cul-de-sac. The existing steel reservoir located at the top of the hill off of Firethorn Glen in the gated community east of Vista Verde Way will be removed. The work includes new piping and electrical on the east side of Vista Verde Way between the City water pump station - which is located on the same street - and the cul-de-sac at the north end of the street.


Motorists and cyclists should expect some delays along Vista Verde Way. Residents of the neighborhood should also anticipate construction noise during the work hours, Monday thru Friday, 7a.m. to 4p.m. Motorists should observe warning signs, including No Parking signs, along the construction route and slow down while driving through the construction zone.

Persons with questions or comments may contact Jason Kraus, (760) 505-0500 Butier Construction Management, Dave Powers, (951) 830-7310 Pacific Hydrotec Construction Contractor or Ron Bosch, (760) 807-1103 City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspector II




08/12/16 Categories: City of Escondido


CONTACT: Diane Halverson, 760-839-4617


The Nomination Period for Escondido’s Municipal Elections began on Monday, July 18, 2016 and ended on Friday, August 12, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.  According to the CA Elections Code, if the incumbent does not file by the deadline, the nomination period for that office is extended for five calendar days.  Registered voters in Escondido now have until Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. to nominate candidates other than the incumbent for the office of City Treasurer.  During this period prospective candidates need to schedule a meeting with the City Clerk to obtain nomination papers and other election-related materials.  You must be a registered voter in Escondido at the time nomination papers are issued.


For more information, please call the City Clerk’s Office at 760-839-4617 or visit the Clerk’s Office at 201 N. Broadway, Escondido 92025.  City Hall is open Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Temporary Road Closure 

08/10/16 Categories: City of Escondido


CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621


Due to the installation of new infrastructure and surface improvements, the City of Escondido advises motorists of the following road closures:


  • South bound N. Ash Street from Lehner Avenue to Vista Avenue and west bound Vista Avenue from Ash Street to Lehner Avenue will be closed from August 10 through August 22, 2016.


Detour signs will be posted and all work will be performed between 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Residents in these areas will have access to their properties at all times but may experience some delay. These improvements are being done by Southland Paving Inc., a sub-contractor for Shea Homes’ nearby Canyon Grove housing construction project that is currently underway.


Persons with questions or comments about the work may contact City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspector Ricardo Cervantes at 760-807-1109.


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