Posts in Category: City of Escondido

Street Maintenance Award


Contact: Julie Procopio, 760-839-4001

The City of Escondido received the “2014 Scrub Seal Project of the Year” award from the California Chip Seal Association (CCSA) for the FY 13/14 Street Maintenance project.  The project was chosen by the Association for City staff’s teamwork with the contractor and material suppliers, and the quality of the finished product.

As part of the City’s on-going efforts to find treatments to cost-effectively extend pavement life and provide smooth, safe driving conditions for our residents, the City elected to use a Scrub Chip Seal to treat streets that were overdue for maintenance.  Scrub Chip Seal was chosen because of its value and ability to rejuvenate the surface of old streets, and filling of street cracks to help reduce pavement erosion and extend the life of treated streets.  The City also uses a rubberized chip seal (ARAM),  and other products in its Pavement Management Program to protect and seal streets.  




CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

City of Escondido maintenance crews will replace badly deteriorated wooded trellises on the south side of City Hall beginning on February 17, 2015 and lasting until approximately the end of March. During that time, it will be necessary to close the eastern portion of the south City Hall lot which fronts Valley Parkway.

Every effort will be made to reopen sections of that lot as work is completed.  Parking will still be available in the circular driveway in front of City Hall, as well as in the parking lot between City Hall and the Conference Center of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.


“Dine Out Escondido!” Restaurant Week - January 25-31

Dine Out Escondido!In conjunction with Visit California’s annual “California Restaurant Month” during the month of January, Escondido will be hosting its second “Dine Out Escondido!” culinary tourism program promoting local restaurants.

This year, “Dine Out Escondido!” will offer a change of strategy from last year. “Following a hugely successful first year, we’re excited to give our restaurant partners a more focused program by building momentum for a 7-day program,” said Katherine Zimmer, Tourism and Marketing Administrator for the City of Escondido. Zimmer also mentioned that these dates align well with San Diego Restaurant Week, which occurs the week prior to the Escondido program.

Visit Escondido is confident last year’s high promotional reach during “Dine Out Escondido!” will prove just as impactful in 2015 through the highly anticipated program.
The City of Escondido is the only city in San Diego’s North County to be involved in this important economic program. Forty cities participated statewide in 2014.

Everyone can savor the diverse culinary flavors of Escondido during “Dine Out Escondido!” by taking advantage of this opportunity to visit their favorite restaurants, discover new ones, and truly enjoy the creativity of Escondido’s fantastic chefs and restaurateurs.  

For details of participating restaurants and their specials, go to

U-T San Diego article: Escondido's Eateries Aim To Entice More Customers To 'Dine Out'

Participating Restaurants:
Around town…    
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens
Vintana Wine + Dine
Cocina Del Charro
Offbeat Brewing Company
On The Border
Brigantine Seafood & Oyster Bar
Canyon Grille Restaurant & Bar
Carin de Ria
Mike’s BBQ

Bellamy’s Restaurant
California Avocado Grill
Cuscatlan Salvadorian Cuisine
Intertwined Bistro and Wine Bar
Jalapeño Grill & Cantina
Kettle Coffee & Tea
Plan 9 Alehouse
The Continental Deli
The Grand Tea Room
Vinz Wine Bar

About Visit Escondido
Visit Escondido promotes Escondido’s great variety of attractions, events, and things to do in the heart of San Diego’s North County Inland area. Escondido is home to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido and renowned events such as Cruisin’ Grand, as well as scenic and urban wineries, craft breweries, unique arts & theatre, culinary experiences, and a vibrant historic downtown. Additionally, there are many outdoor activities to take advantage of in the beautiful year-round climate including golf, hiking, biking, fishing, equestrian and sporting events. Go to for a complete calendar of events, dining, lodging, arts, outdoor activities and attractions information, or call 760-839-4777. The Visitor Center is located at 235 East Grand Avenue and is open Tuesday-Friday, 10am – 4pm.


Mayflower Dog Park to Close Temporarily for Maintenance


CONTACT: Andy Villalobos, 760-839-4362

Escondido’s Mayflower Dog Park, 3420 Valley Center Road, will be closed January 19-23, 2015 for maintenance.  The work will include maintenance on the irrigation system, new wood chips, fence repairs and gopher eradication.

For questions about the closure, please contact Andy Villalobos, Parks Supervisor, at 760-839-4362.


East Valley Community Center Holiday Hours


CONTACT: Jilaine Hernandez, 760-839-4384

The East Valley Community Center (EVCC) at 2245 East Valley Parkway, will adjust its operating hours during the two holiday weeks from December 22, 2014 through January 3, 2015 as follows:

  • Monday:  December 22nd and 29th - 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: December 23rd and 30th - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 24th - 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday: December 26th and 27th - 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In addition to holiday hours, the EVCC will be closed for carpet cleaning and floor resurfacing as follows:

  • Thursday, December 25: Christmas Day
  • Wednesday, December 31: maintenance
  • Thursday, January 1, 2015: New Year’s Day
  • Friday, January 2, 2015: maintenance
  • Saturday, January 3, 2015: maintenance


Since the Escondido Technology Center is located within the EVCC, its  hours will also be adjusted as follows:

  • Wednesday, December 24th - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 31st - Closed for maintenance


On Monday, January 5, 2015, the East Valley Community Center and Escondido Technology Center will be open and resume regular operating hours.

For information about programs at the EVCC or about the holiday schedule call 760-839-4382 or visit the website at




CONTACT: Joel Agg, 760-839-5425


The Escondido Sports Center, located at Kit Carson Park, will adjust its operating hours during the holiday season.  On December 24, and 31, 2014, the Sports Center will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will be closed for Christmas and New Year’s Day on December 25, 2014, and January 1, 2015.


For more information regarding the Sports Center hours of operation or for questions regarding programs, please visit or call (760) 839-5425.


Free Sand Bags


Contact: Public Works, 760-839-4668

In anticipation of rain this Friday, Escondido residents may obtain free sand and bags at Kit Carson Park.  Residents are advised to call 760-839-4668 Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  to arrange to pick up the bags and sand. The park is located at 3333 Bear Valley Parkway and is open from sunrise to sunset.  Residents will need to bring their own shovels and be prepared to fill the sand bag themselves.



Traffic Advisory Due to Water Main Break in Escondido


Contact: Lori Rountree, 760-802-0803

Escondido City crews are s working to repair a water main break on southbound Centre City Parkway between Ninth and Thirteenth Avenues. Southbound traffic in that area has been reduced to one lane.  Repairs are expected to last most of the night and may be completed by 6:00 a.m. on Friday, December 5.  Motorists are advised to avoid that area if at all possible, particularly during the evening rush hour.





Nominations Sought for City Council Awards


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Each year at the State of the City meeting, the Escondido City Council recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to improve the quality of life in Escondido through volunteer service. Nominations now are being solicited for these awards.


We encourage the general public to submit nominations of qualified members of the community for consideration. Award nomination forms can be obtained by calling the City Manager’s Office (760-839-4631) or by downloading  a copy from the City’s web site:

Categories include: Arts, Business, Community, Education, Public Safety, Historic Preservation, and Youth.  The deadline for nomination is 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

A sub-committee of the City Council will review all nominations and make its final selection in early February.  The awards will be presented at the Annual State of the City Address on Wednesday, February 25, 2015.



For Immediate Release

Contact: Public Works, 760-839-4668

In anticipation of rain expected this week, Escondido residents may obtain free sand and bags that have been stockpiled by the amphitheater at Kit Carson Park.  The park is located at 3333 Bear Valley Parkway and is open from sunrise to sunset.  Residents will need to bring their own shovels and be prepared to fill the sand bag themselves. The limit is 20 bags per resident.