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Council Action Plan for 2015- 2016 

Originally Posted January 29, 2015

Following each election, the Escondido City Council holds a workshop to develop its Action Plan for the next two years.  The Action Plan represents the City Council’s collective vision for Escondido’s future and the strategies that will be used to achieve that vision. 

On February 11, 2015, the City Council will hold a public workshop at 12:30 p.m. in the Mitchell Room at City Hall to identify and discuss key policy goals. During that meeting, council members will share their ideas for city priorities. Once the priorities have been identified, City staff members will identify the current reality in each of those areas and develop strategies to achieve the City Council’s goals, as well as evaluation measures.  Then a final document will be prepared for final Council approval.

I have been very pleased by the progress we have achieved through our 2013-2014 Action Plan and look forward to continued success with our new plan.  By the way, if you are interested in knowing how successful the 2011-2012 Council Action Plan was, the Council will hear a final report on it at the March 4, 2015 City Council meeting at 4:30 p.m.

COMMUNITY FEEDBACK SOUGHT ON DOWNTOWN PARKING MANAGEMENT 

Originally Posted January 22, 2015

The City of Escondido recognizes the importance of parking to a successful urban environment such as downtown Escondido. Downtown currently has 7 public parking lots in addition to on-street parking and private parking lots.   

Some public parking lots always seem to be full while others have plenty of spaces.  It is important to the vibrancy of  Downtown that the public parking lots are managed in a way so that parking spaces are available to serve customers of downtown businesses and restaurants. 

The City Council Parking sub-committee has requested City staff hold a community meeting to discuss options for managing parking in our historic downtown.  The meeting will be held on Thursday, January 29, 2014 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Mitchell Room at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway. Business owners, downtown customers and residents are encouraged to attend. Your feedback on the addition of free limited time parking, as well as the idea of having paid parking in some areas of lots 1, 2, 4 and 6, is requested.  Note: This is merely an exploration to see how the community would feel about these options. There are no firm plans to make changes to public lots. 

For more information, contact Abraham Bandegan, Associate Traffic Engineer, at 760-839-4596.

YOU CAN SERVE YOUR CITY 

Originally Posted January 15, 2015

A LETTER FROM THE MAYOR

By Sam Abed

FOR PUBLICATION – January 15, 2015

YOU CAN SERVE YOUR CITY

The Escondido City Council is preparing to begin its annual recruitment for volunteers to serve on the City’s boards and commissions.  In 2015, one vacancy will occur on the following:  Library Board of Trustees. The qualifications to serve are that you work or reside within the geographic boundaries of the General Plan.  The Library Board of Trustees meets on the second Thursday of each month at 4:00 p.m.  Each appointed member serves for a three-year term.  The filing period for those interested in submitting an application for the Library Board of Trustees will close on February 13, 2015.

In addition, there are currently two unscheduled vacancies. The Building Advisory & Appeals Board has one vacancy, term to expire March 31, 2018.  Meetings are held as needed at City Hall and members must reside within the geographic boundaries of the General Plan.

The Planning Commission has one vacancy, term to expire March 31, 2016.  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. 

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

YOU CAN SERVE YOUR CITY 

Originally Posted January 08, 2015

The Escondido City Council is preparing to begin its annual recruitment for volunteers to serve on the City’s boards and commissions.  In 2015, one vacancy will occur on the following:  Library Board of Trustees. The qualifications to serve are that you work or reside within the geographic boundaries of the General Plan.  The Library Board of Trustees meets on the second Thursday of each month at 4:00 p.m.  Each appointed member serves for a three-year term.  The filing period for those interested in submitting an application for the Library Board of Trustees will close on February 13, 2015.

In addition, there are currently two unscheduled vacancies. The Building Advisory & Appeals Board has one vacancy, term to expire March 31, 2018.  Meetings are held as needed at City Hall and members must reside within the geographic boundaries of the General Plan.

The Planning Commission has one vacancy, term to expire March 31, 2016.  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. 

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

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