Countdown to Cruisin’ Grand 

Originally Posted March 23, 2015

On Friday, April 3, 2015 hundreds of classic cars will return once again to the streets of Downtown Escondido to kick off another exciting season of Cruisin’ Grand!  Cruisin’ Grand runs from 5-9 p.m. every Friday from April 3 to October 2 along Grand Avenue in historic Downtown Escondido.

To celebrate Cruisin' Grand's 2015 season, a special Wine and Craft Beer Festival will add to the fun of Cruisin’ Grand on April 10.    Local wineries and craft breweries will offer tastes of their finest selections on the beautiful Maple Street Plaza. Admission to the festival area is $20 and includes 12 drink tickets. Each ticket good for 1 oz. wine and/or 2 oz. beer taste. Tickets may be combined to equal full glasses of wine/beer. 21 and over only. IDs will be checked upon entry. No one under 21 permitted inside the tasting area. Tickets may be purchased at the event or online now at:



We are so proud to have one of the greatest ongoing traditions in San Diego County in our city. Cruisin’ Grand brings thousands of visitors to Escondido every Friday night throughout the summer. This popular event is not only for classic car enthusiasts but for everyone to enjoy strolling along Grand Avenue, stopping in for a bite at one of our many restaurants and people-watching on those warm summer nights. Each Friday night, awards are given to the most impressive pre-1973, American-made cars. Theme nights include “Fire Truck Night”, “Nitro Night” and “AFX Night.” If you’ve never been there, don’t miss it this season!  And for those die-hard fans that are already polishing their classic cars, we look forward to seeing you again! For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.cruisingrand.com .


Originally Posted March 10, 2015

The Escondido Police Department is committed to creating safer communities by focusing its efforts on environmental transformation, one neighborhood at a time. By partnering with various city departments, community based organizations and neighborhood groups they hope to affect long term solutions that will result in measurable crime reduction and an enhanced quality of life in your neighborhood.  Throughout the life of each project you can expect to see increased patrols as well as special enforcement efforts in your neighborhood.  You can also expect to see other city departments (Code Enforcement, Public Works, Neighborhood Services, etc.) focusing their efforts and devoting resources to your neighborhood as well.  As your Mayor, I’m excited about the opportunities that lie ahead and ask for your support, as well as your involvement, in making your neighborhood a great place to live, work and play.

I am pleased to announce that the Neighborhood Transformation Project completed its first project on South Escondido Boulevard and has moved to East Escondido.  Under the five year comprehensive plan to cover the entire urban core throughout the next year the Police Department will work closely with Neighborhood Services, Public Works, Code Enforcement and many other city departments, as well as our community and faith-based partners, to further our goal of environmental change, one neighborhood at a time.


Originally Posted February 26, 2015

Congratulations to the following Escondido residents who were honored at the annual State of the City meeting on February 25, 2015  as recipients of the 2015 City Council Awards for their outstanding volunteer efforts:

Name: Brian Murphy
Field:  Arts 

Name:  Escondido Disposal, Inc.
Field:     Business 

Name: Juan Arjona
Field: Community Service 

Name: Dr. Derry Connolly
Field: Education 

Name: NK Towing & Roadside Services, Inc.
Field: Public Safety 

Name: Elana Karoly
Field: Youth 

In addition, this year’s “Mayor’s Leadership Award” was presented to Rorie Johnston of the Escondido Chamber of Commerce. 

Thank you to all of these volunteers for their outstanding service to the people of Escondido.


Originally Posted February 25, 2015

I will be presenting my Annual State of the City address on Wednesday morning, February 25, 2015 at the Conference Center of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. 

The event is co-sponsored by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce and will be begin with an optional breakfast at 7:30 a.m. followed by the program at 8:00 a.m.  The program will include awards to outstanding community volunteers as well as brief remarks by my colleagues on the City Council, and will conclude with my address. 

The optional breakfast is available for $20 per person.  To make your reservation for breakfast, please register online at https://www.escondido.org/state-of-the-city-address.aspx or contact the City Manager’s Office at 760-839-4631.   The deadline to reserve breakfast is 5:00 p.m. on February 20, 2015.  Persons wishing to attend the program may do so at no cost, if they are not eating breakfast.  If you would like information about sponsoring a table, please contact the Escondido Chamber of Commerce, 760-745-2125. 

I hope to see you there!


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