Originally Posted August 28, 2014
Escondido’s road system is the City’s single largest asset. Like any capital investment, a road system must be maintained in a timely manner to minimize its life cycle costs and receive the maximum long-term benefit from the investment. Road pavements deteriorate under the action of traffic and heavy vehicle loading. In addition, road pavements naturally age due to environmental factors such as temperature, sunlight and water getting into pavement layers. A well-maintained road system is crucial to an effective commercial delivery system and the economic vitality of a community. If roads are left too long without proper maintenance and timely overlays, they must be completely reconstructed at a much higher cost.
This year, the City Council increased funding for this essential program.
The 2013-2014 pavement repair program will resurface over 59 lane miles of City roadways. The project will be completed in two phases. The first phase was completed earlier this year. The second phase is under construction now with anticipated completion by October. Sealcoats are currently being placed in the Oak Hill and Orange Glen neighborhoods.
For a list of streets to be included in this year’s program please visit the City’s website at http://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/PDFs/Engineering/PavementRehabStreetList.pdf
For general information about the City of Escondido, please visit www.escondido.org
Originally Posted August 21, 2014
Grape Day is an important, historic event for Escondido which started in 1908 as a way to celebrate our grape harvest and promote the city.
The Escondido Sunrise Rotary Club will once again kick off the day at 7:30 a.m. with their annual 5K Fun Run. Participants of all ages can walk or run according to their abilities. The Fun Run will be followed by the Grape Day Parade at 9:30 a.m. The whimsical parade starts at Escondido Boulevard and Grand Avenue and travels east on Grand to Juniper, featuring floats, marching bands, walking groups, equestrians and historic automobiles. The Grape Day Festival begins at 9:30 a.m. and includes free, family-friendly activities such as grape stomping, live music and dancers, vendor booths, food trucks and demonstrations.
More information please visit www.grapeday.escondido.org .
Originally Posted August 14, 2014
Town Hall meetings are a good way to give residents an opportunity to express their opinions and discuss their concerns in a less formal environment than regular council meetings. In fulfillment of one of my campaign promises, I have held seven Town Hall meetings since 2011. My next town hall meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway. The meeting format will start with a brief city update, followed by an open question and answer period on any topic relating to local government. This is your opportunity to share your views on the issues facing our community and to discuss any subject that matters to you or your business. Our staff will follow up on issues not addressed during the meeting. The meeting will also 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.
I encourage you to attend and participate in the discussion, or even just say hello and introduce yourself. Working together we can help Escondido become a better city.
Originally Posted August 07, 2014
As California continues to face a drought, every drop of water saved helps extend our reserves. The San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors have declared a Stage 2 Drought Alert condition calling for mandatory water conservation measures to prevent water waste.
Mandatory conservation measures for Stage 2 include:
- Limiting outdoor watering to no more than 3 days per week.
- Watering only during the late evening or early morning hours
- Eliminating runoff from irrigation systems
- Repairing all leaks promptly
- Turning off water fountains and other water features unless they use recycled water
- Using hoses with shut-off valves for washing cars (or patronizing commercial car washes that re-circulate water)
- Serving water to restaurant patrons only on request
- Offering hotel guests the option of not laundering towels and linens daily
- Using water (unnecessarily) for construction operations that receive water from a construction meter or water truck for any purpose other than those required by regulatory agencies is prohibited.
On August 13, 2014 the City Council will consider modifying the municipal code to bring Escondido to Stage 2 also. If you have any questions on the water restrictions, please call the City Utilities Division at 760-839-4075 or email email@example.com