The Summer 2016 Escondido Recreation Guide is here and now available! You will find a variety of camps, classes, aquatics, and activities to keep you and your family busy during the summer months. 

In the Recreation Guide, there are plenty of engaging programs for preschoolers, youth, teens, adults, and seniors. Participation in recreation classes will keep you mentally and physically active, and are conveniently offered at various locations throughout the community. New camps and classes will include Discovery Kids Camps; Preschool camps; LEGO camps; Pee Wee Pop Stars Dance & Sing; Junior Hip Hop; Cooking Classes; Summer Art Series; Zentangle Drawing; and much more.

You will not want to miss out on the fun. Take a look at the Summer Recreation Guide at and find the right classes to fit your healthy lifestyle choices!


Grand Avenue Festival
May 15, 2016
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

The Grand Avenue Festival, formerly known as the Escondido Street Faire, is held during the months of May and October on Grand Avenue between Centre City Parkway and Ivy Street. With over 500 booths and a wide variety of food and family entertainment, the Festival draws a large crowd of over 50,000!  The festival includes live entertainment, arts and crafts, rides for kids, 24-foot climbing wall, scavenger hunt, bounce house El Caballo performances, delicious international foods and much more. 

In addition, Celebrity Landscape Professional and Green Industry expert Ahmed Hassan will be at the festival.  Since 2007, Ahmed has appeared on DIY Network and HGTV in Landscape Smart, Yard Crashers and Turf War.  Ahmed will be presenting in the gazebo in Heritage Garden on Grand Avenue and Juniper Street. Presentations on gardening, solar, residential landscaping and utility landscaping will be occurring through the day.

For more information about the festival, please contact the Escondido Chamber of Commerce at 760-745-2125 or visit


Monday, May 23 is the last day to register to vote in the California Primary Election to be held June 7, 2016. 

City Hall will remain open until midnight May 23 to accept voter registration cards.  During regular business hours, you may register online at or at the San Diego County Registrar of Voters.  Registration cards are available at the City Clerk’s Office during regular business hours; however, between 5:30 p.m. and midnight, City staff members will be registering voters in the City Council Chambers foyer at City Hall, 201 North Broadway. 

If you have moved, changed your name (due to marriage or court order), or wish to change your party affiliation since the last election, you must re-register no later than midnight, Monday, May 23.  For more information on political party rules for presidential primary voting please visit: 

If you have any questions concerning voter registration, please contact the Registrar of Voters Office at 858-565-5800, or the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 201 North Broadway, Escondido, 760-839-4617.


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 ten Town Hall meetings since 2011. My next town hall meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 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 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.