Food for Fines  

Originally Posted December 05, 2016

Escondido Public Library’s annual Holiday Food for Fines Program runs Monday, November 28 through Saturday, December 31, 2016. The program provides Library patrons with the opportunity to clear up to $20.00 in fines from their account. Proceeds benefit Interfaith Community Services in Escondido which distributes the food to families in need throughout the North County area. Only non-perishable, nutritious, pre-packaged items such as canned goods, pasta, sauces, and peanut butter can be accepted and will credit up to $1.00 worth of fines per item. Food may only be used to clear fines, and may not be used to clear other fees. The Library is happy to accept any donations whether or not they are fine-related. For more information visit


Originally Posted November 28, 2016

Kick off the holiday season this year with three free celebrations: 

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting & Winter Wonderland

Saturday, December 3, 2016

3-8 p.m. California Center for the Arts, Escondido

This annual community event brings the North Pole to the heart of Escondido. Children will have the chance to frolic in real snow, decorate their very own Christmas cookies, and even rendezvous with live reindeer!

The highlight for kids is, of course, Santa Claus himself, but there will also be a number of holiday-themed entertainers—from carolers, to stilt walkers, to hula dancers—for all ages to enjoy. Food and drink will be available to warm your hands and hearts, and a number of local businesses will be displaying their wares for your holiday shopping needs. At dusk, a Winter Wonderland Forest will come alive with twinkling lights, and no one will be able to resist the holiday spirit! There are always a few extra surprises in store, so don’t miss your chance to celebrate the holidays at the Center! For more information visit 

Escondido Jaycees 66th Annual Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 10, 2016

9:30 a.m. Broadway (Between Escondido High and Grape Day Park) 

This beloved Escondido tradition attracts tens of thousands of spectators each year from everywhere in San Diego County. This year’s theme is “Christmas on Route 66.”  For more information, visit 

Christmas on Maple

Saturday, December 10, 2016

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Maple Plaza and South Maple 

This event follows the 66th Annual Jaycees Christmas Parade with lots of fun FREE activities for your family. There will be performances, carolers, musicians, cookie decorating, kids crafting by Home Depot, food trucks and pictures with Santa Claus and much more. For more information visit 

SPEND IT! In Escondido  

Originally Posted November 21, 2016

With the busiest shopping season of the year about to begin, this is a good time to remind residents about a community awareness campaign called Spend It! In Escondido. The focus of the campaign is to educate community members about the importance of shopping in Escondido. 

Every taxable dollar spent in Escondido benefits important City-provided services such as police and fire, senior services, libraries, street maintenance, street lights,  parks and recreation. Sales tax generated from Escondido transactions (1% of gross taxable sales), stays in Escondido and contributes to the quality of life you enjoy.

Purchases generating sales tax revenue are critical to a healthy Escondido economy.  But it’s not just about sales tax revenue: While the goal is to increase sales during the busiest shopping time of the year, there are other benefits to shopping locally. If you stay in town, you save on gas, you discover new businesses you might not have otherwise visited, and you contribute to community pride and the health of the Escondido business environment. 

More information about Spend It! In Escondido is available online at


Originally Posted November 14, 2016

The Escondido City Council is seeking volunteers to serve on the City’s boards and commissions.  Terms for the unscheduled vacancies listed below will all expire on March 31, 2018, except for the Community Services youth member, which is a one-year term. The qualifications to serve are that you work or reside within the geographic boundaries of the General Plan.  All board and commission members are required to file annual Conflict of Interest statements.

The Building Advisory & Appeals Board has one vacancy. Meetings are held as needed at City Hall.

The Community Services is looking for a youth member, age 16 or older.  Meetings are held quarterly, on the fourth Thursday of the month at 5:00 p.m. at City Hall.

The Personnel Board of Review has two vacancies.  Meetings are held as needed at City Hall.

The Planning Commission has one vacancy.  Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall.  Commissioners are paid a stipend of $100 per meeting attended.  The requirement for this member is to reside within the City Limits.

The Public Art Commission has two vacancies. Meetings are held quarterly at City Hall, on the second Monday of the month at 3:00 p.m.


Applications are accepted for all boards and commissions at the City Clerk’s Office. More information is available on the City’s website at or by calling the City Clerk’s Office at 760-839-4617.

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