Posts in Category: City of Escondido

Redistricting Commission Nominations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         
CONTACT: Zack Beck, City Clerk, 760-839-4617


The City of Escondido will be accepting nominations for appointment to the Independent Redistricting Commission. Applications may be completed online at The deadline to submit applications is July 31, 2020.

The term of the Commission will begin December 1, 2020.

Interested applicants and individuals or organizations desiring to nominate persons for appointment to the Commission must submit an application.  The application is available online at or by request to the City Clerk at  You may also call 760-839-4617 should you have any questions.


The City of Escondido is Seeking Interested Persons to Fill a Vacancy for Member of the City Council District 2, by Appointment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   

CONTACT: Zack Beck, 760-839-4560

The City of Escondido is accepting applications for a potential appointment to the Escondido City Council to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Council Member John Masson, effective March 10, 2020.


The term of the Council seat is from the date of appointment to the next general municipal election on November 3, 2020. 


Candidates must be 18 years of age, reside within the limits of Escondido City Council District 2, and be registered to vote in the City at the time the application is accepted.  Council members must comply with all provisions of California law regarding service on a City Council of a general law city.


Candidates must submit an application, resume and proof of current voter registration status, as well as respond to

The Escondido City Council will interview candidates at their April 22, 2020 Special City Council meeting. The Council may take action at that time or within the 60-day period thereafter.


Submittals are due by April 15, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. to the City Clerk’s Office by completing the online form at the following link: or by emailing the completed application packet to, or by mailing the completed application packet to 201 N. Broadway, Escondido 92025.

City of Escondido COVID-19 Update – Monday, March 16, 2020

CONTACT: Teresa Collins

PHONE: 760-839-4507


In an effort to stay compliant with the County of San Diego Public Health Officer's latest recommendations announced March 16 at 3 p.m. the following measures are being taken within the City of Escondido:

  • A Declaration of Local Emergency has been signed by Escondido City Manager Jeffrey Epp. As a result, the City is now able to enact emergency powers, as well as potentially gain access to federal and state relief funds. This declaration will be ratified by the Escondido City Council on Wednesday, March 18.
  • The Park Avenue Community Center (located at 210 East Park Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025) is closed until further notice but the Senior Nutrition Program will remain in place with the following adjustments:
    • Senior Nutrition has transitioned to delivery and pick-up of meals only. Meals will be available for pick-up at the Park Avenue Community Center and are free for residents 60 and over. To RSVP for meal delivery call: 760-839-4803.
  • The Escondido Public Library is closed to the public until March 31.
    • All due dates have been extended until April 1. No overdue fees will accrue from March 16-31. Materials can still be returned to book drops outside the Library facility.
  • City Hall is closed to the public from March 17 – 31. Many City services can be accessed online: Community members who need to make cash utility billing payments should deposit them into the Utility Billing Drop Box located in the circle driveway at City Hall.
    • Time sensitive services such as building plan approval, engineering design review, etc. can now be done by appointment by calling:
      • Planning: 760-839-4671
      • Building: 760-839-4647
      • Code Enforcement: 760-839-4650
      • Engineering:
      • City Clerk: 442-237-1106 or
  • Dixon Lake campground reservations and fishing will be closed starting tomorrow March 17. Lake Wohlford will be closed for fishing starting March 17. Residents and visitors may still visit the lakes and grounds for recreation activities as long as they practice social distancing.
  • The Escondido Police and Fire Headquarters lobby will be closed to the public starting March 17. If you have a scheduled appointment please use the courtesy phone located at the entrance and a staff member will assist you.
  • The Public Works Administration Lobby will be closed to the public until March 31. Staff will be on-site to assist with time sensitive business.
  • The East Valley Community Center will remain closed until March 31.
  • The Escondido Sports Center will remain closed until March 31.

Additional Community Updates:




Escondido Fire Department Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19


CONTACT: Fire Engineer Dom Polito, 442-777-5994


Escondido, CA - On March 15, 2020, the Escondido Fire Department was made aware that a Firefighter Paramedic tested positive for COVID-19. Several days earlier, while off-duty, the employee was in contact with other people who subsequently tested positive.


The Escondido Firefighter Paramedic had recently been at work, but was asymptomatic during that time. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), this employee presented a very low risk to any members of the public that he may have interacted with at work because he did not have active symptoms such as a fever or cough. As a precaution, the Escondido Fire Department will be notifying all patients that may have been contacted by this employee.


The Escondido Firefighter Paramedic is currently quarantined at home, has very mild symptoms and is resting comfortably. All guidelines have been followed per the CDC. Other Escondido Fire Department staff who were in contact with the Firefighter Paramedic at work have no symptoms, tested negative for COVID-19 and are being quarantined and monitored according to procedures. Escondido Fire Chief Rick Vogt added, “The health and safety of our community remains our highest priority. Please continue to follow Federal, State and County guidelines including social distancing if you must leave your home, and always practice good hygiene including thoroughly washing your hands.”

City of Escondido COVID-19 Action Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          

CONTACT: Teresa Collins, 760-839-4507

The City of Escondido is taking steps to follow the Governor’s and the County Public Health Officer’s orders about limiting large gatherings. Our Continuity of Operations Plan is in place to ensure that essential City functions can continue to operate safely during this time.

To be compliant with the County of San Diego Public Health Officer’s direction as of 3/12/20 at 3:33 p.m., stating that “…all gatherings of more than 250 people are directed to be postponed or cancelled across the county. This includes concerts, conferences, and professional, college, and school sporting events. Smaller events can proceed only if organizers can implement social distancing of six feet between participants.” the City has cancelled or postponed all non-essential events, gatherings, sporting events, and meetings. These restrictions will remain in effect at least through March 31, 2020.

Public Meetings

The following meetings are cancelled and will resume on their regular schedule:

  • Historic Preservation Commission – March 19
  • Planning Commission – March 24
  • Budget Community Meeting – March 31
  • Community Advisory Groups – various dates through the end of March

The following meetings will still happen but extra precautions will be put into place to protect the health of those in attendance:

  • Zoning Administration Meeting – March 13
  • City Council Board and Commission Interviews – March 18
  • City Council Meeting – March 25
    • If you would like to comment on a Council meeting item, but do not wish to attend in person, you may submit comments by e-mail at City Council meetings are live streamed on our website, broadcasted on Channel 19, and archived on

Special Events/Recreation and Library Programming/Tournaments
The following events are cancelled:

  • All recreation and Library programming
  • Permitted special events – will be cancelled but may be rescheduled by the event organizer
  • All outside City facility rentals have been cancelled and may be rescheduled by the event organizer
  • Youth and adult sporting events and tournaments
  • City organized volunteer events

If you have specific questions about classes and events, contact

City Facilities

  • Since programming and facility reservations are cancelled or postponed the East Valley Community Center and the Escondido Sports Center will be closed until March 31, 2020.

Senior Nutrition

  • City staff is working with the County on an approved mitigation plan to implement a longer-term plan for meal service. Older adult participants will be notified directly.

After School Programs and Tiny Tots Preschool

  • Have been cancelled due to the citywide school closures.


  • Lake Dixon, Daley Ranch and Lake Wohlford remain open but school programs hosted at Daley Ranch by the Friends of Daley Ranch are cancelled.

City Hall

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency is the lead agency responsible for coronavirus response countywide. The City of Escondido works in partnership with the County and other local, state and federal health officials to receive guidance and coordinate our response accordingly. We encourage all residents to visit for the most up-to-date information.

City Receives $8.5 million Prop 68 Grant for Improvements to Escondido Creek Trail


CONTACT: Joanna Axelrod, 760-839-4871

The City of Escondido has been awarded $8.5 million from the California Parks Department to fund the Escondido Creek Trail Expansion and Renovation Project. These funds, made available through the Prop 68 Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program, will bring to life the community’s vision for revitalizing the Escondido Creek Trail and turning it into a premier linear park. 

In August 2019, the State Parks Department received 478 project applications requesting $2.3 billion in funding. The amount requested greatly exceeded the $254.9 million available in this funding cycle, highlighting the statewide need and underscoring how competitive this grant was. Of the 478 project applications, only 62 projects were awarded, for a total of $254,942,000 in grants statewide. The Escondido Creek Trail was one of only nine projects funded at the maximum $8.5 million level and only one of three projects funded in San Diego County.

The Escondido Creek Trail Expansion and Renovation project will improve approximately 4.5 miles of the existing Escondido Creek Trail (between Harmony Grove Road and Midway Drive) and add approximately 0.4 miles of new bicycle path (between Harmony Grove Road and the Citracado Parkway extension) to the linear park. This project will create a double-sided trail on approximately 1.7 miles; on one side will be the existing Class I bicycle path, on the other will be a new deconstructed granite (DG) trail. Currently the City owns land on both sides of the Escondido Creek, but only one side is open to the public. Opening the closed side, removing asphalt and building a firm surface path, and adding natural and recreational features will add approximately 1.7 miles of new trail and 2.5 acres of parkland, in the heart of Escondido's disadvantaged community area. Community members of all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds will benefit from a trail that supports safety and healthy lifestyles.

In addition to improving the existing paved path, the creation of a new DG trail will create separation between pedestrians and wheeled users. Additional improvements include the following:

  • New fencing
  • Lighting
  • Decorative and informative wayfinding signage
  • Landscaping and pocket gardens
  • Children’s play areas
  • Fitness equipment
  • Drinking water stations
  • Dog waste and trash receptacles
  • Decorative murals

Committed partners on the project include The Escondido Creek Conservancy, Escondido Education COMPACT, and Neighborhood HealthCare.

For background on this project and to stay updated on project status, please visit