3rd Annual Escondido Business Walk

The City of Escondido’s business retention and expansion program strives to keep businesses from relocating outside of Escondido and the 78 corridor.  It also helps businesses with expansions that create jobs, and helps firms increase their competitiveness. In an effort to identify and understand the needs of Escondido businesses, the City and the Escondido Chamber of Commerce hold an annual outreach survey event called the Annual Escondido Business Walk. The purpose is to gather information about what businesses need to be successful in Escondido.

On Thursday, September 22, 2016, volunteers from the City of Escondido and the Escondido Chamber of Commerce will visit businesses through the city to conduct a brief survey.  This is a great opportunity for businesses to community directly with the City and Chamber of Commerce on the issues that are most important to them.

If you are a business owner and would like to receive a visit, please contact Michelle Geller at 760-839-4587 or at mgeller@escondido.org

Citrus Industry Threatened By Devastating Disease

Agriculture was a mainstay of the Escondido economy from the late 19th century through the 1950’s. As Escondido grew, agriculture became less visible, but still has remained a significant part of our economy.  Now a new disease is threatening California’s citrus industry, as well as our much-loved backyard citrus trees. 

The Asian citrus psyllid (a tiny brown insect that showed up in Florida in 1998) is spreading throughout California and it can carry a tree disease called Huanglongbing (HLB). While not harmful to humans or pets, once a citrus tree is infected with HLB, there is no cure and it will die. The best way to protect citrus trees from the disease is to control the psyllid population. 

You can help protect your backyard citrus trees, and the California citrus industry, by: 

  • Inspecting citrus trees for signs of the pest and disease each month or whenever watering, spraying, pruning or tending trees.
  • Calling the California Department of Food & Agriculture hotline at 1-800-491-1899 if any suspicious pests or symptoms of HLB are found. 
  • Not bringing any plant material into California from other states or countries and not moving citrus plants out of quarantined areas, because they might be carrying psyllids or be infected with HLB.
  • Only buying citrus trees from reputable, licensed California nurseries.
  • Drying or double bagging plant clippings before placing in green waste recycle bins to avoid moving psyllids and HLB-infected plant material. 

A brief presentation on this threat will be given at the September 14 City Council meeting or you may visit www.CaliforniaCitrusThreat.org for more information.


Town Hall meetings provide an excellent opportunity for residents and businesses to engage in a meaningful discussion to address issues relevant to our community  in a less formal environment than regular council meetings. In fulfillment of one of my campaign promises, I have held eleven Town Hall meetings since I was elected Mayor. My next town hall meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 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 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.

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time when libraries across the country remind their communities that a library card is the most valuable card in your wallet. Visit Escondido Public Library, located at 239 S. Kalmia Street to get your free card or sign-up online at library.escondido.org/librarycard. Enjoy all the free perks an Escondido Public library card offers, including high-speed internet access; downloadable eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines; and books, music, and movies for every interest. Escondido Public Library offers free programs for all ages; and new this year, Read Local, Shop Local! …discounts at local businesses! Show your Escondido Public Library card at participating businesses from September 1 – 30, 2016 to receive a discount. To view the list of Read Local, Shop Local! business partners visit library.escondido.org/local. Be sure to share all the reasons why your Escondido Public Library card is The Most Valuable Card in Your Wallet, with friends, family, and colleagues who don't have their own library card and on social media using #LocalEsco.