Countdown to Cruisin’ Grand

On Friday, April 1, 2016 hundreds of classic cars will return once again to the streets of Downtown Escondido to kick off another exciting season of Cruisin’ Grand!  Cruisin’ Grand runs from 5-9 p.m. every Friday from April 1 to September 30 along Grand Avenue in historic Downtown Escondido.

To celebrate Cruisin' Grand's 2016 season, a special Wine and Craft Beer Festival will add to the fun of Cruisin’ Grand on April 8 from 5 to 8 p.m.  on  Maple Street Plaza.  Seven local wineries, plus Stone Brewing, will be offering tastes and local wine and craft beer expertise. The participating wineries are: 

  • BK Cellars Urban Winery & Tasting Lounge
  • Espinosa Vineyards
  • Forgotten Barrel
  • Highland Valley Vineyards
  • Hungry Hawk Vineyards
  • Keys Creek Winery
  • Manzanita Ridge Winery
  • Vesper Vineyards 
  • Plus craft beer provided by Stone Brewing

Proceeds will benefit the Escondido Arts Partnership. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to

We are so proud to have one of the greatest ongoing traditions in San Diego County in our city. Cruisin’ Grand brings thousands of visitors to Escondido every Friday night throughout the summer. This popular event is not only for classic car enthusiasts but for everyone to enjoy strolling along Grand Avenue, stopping in for a bite at one of our many restaurants and people-watching on those warm summer nights. Each Friday night, awards are given to the most impressive pre-1973, American-made cars. Theme nights include “Fire Truck Night”, “Nitro Night” and “AFX Night.” If you’ve never been there, don’t miss it this season!  And for those die-hard fans that are already polishing their classic cars, we look forward to seeing you again! For more information and a schedule of events, visit 


Old perceptions about our city are giving way to Escondido’s vibrant new image. Recently, an article in the December 2015 issue of San Diego magazine reported that Escondido is no longer a “sleepy North County enclave”.  Instead, “Escondido mixes it up with high-end restaurants, greasy spoons, craft beer, scenic trails, art centers and more.”  

More and more people, including young millenials as well as retirees, are discovering that Escondido is a lively community rich with art, stores, restaurants, theaters, wineries, breweries, parks, lakes, nature trails, schools and superb healthcare. Our city teems with industries and businesses that provide job opportunities, as well as high quality services.  

The business community is responding to Escondido’s evolution by increased investment in our city. Nowhere is this change more apparent than in the housing industry.  Currently there are dozens of projects working through the development process. These projects represent over 1,800 new housing units for Escondido residents, with a value of almost one billion dollars!

Our newest promotional brochure and video, both of which were unveiled at the State of the City Address on February 24, vividly convey all that Escondido has to offer.    You can view them on the City’s website, in the “Experience Escondido” box on the upper left side of the main webpage.

Exciting times are ahead for our community and I am committed to making our city a more vibrant and successful community.


Congratulations to the following Escondido residents who were honored at the annual State of the City meeting on February 24, 2016  as recipients of the 2016 City Council Awards for their outstanding volunteer efforts:

Name: David Zumaya
Field:  Business 

Name: Vaughn North
Field: Community Service 

Name: Cameron Curry
Field: Education 

Name: Zoe Sanchez Richardson
Field: Literacy 

Name: Dan Naylor
Field: Public Service 

Name: Escondido National Little League
Field: Youth 

Name: Dr. Leslie Bonar
Field: Veteran Support 

In addition, this year’s “Mayor’s Leadership Award” was presented to Danny Sherlock of the Escondido Boys & Girls Club.

 Thank you to all of these volunteers for their outstanding service to the people of Escondido.


For the past several months, you may have noticed road closures due to construction near the flood control channel.  This work is the first phase of a multi-phased project to expand the City of Escondido’s existing recycled water conveyance system. When all of the phases of construction are completed,  the city will be able to provide recycled water to local citrus farmers and the North County Cemetery District in eastern Escondido. 

The current construction phase includes installation of approximately 13,800 lineal feet of recycled water pipeline and approximately 13,800 lineal feet of brine line, as well as asphalt concrete (AC) pavement restoration, precast concrete manholes, buried isolation valves, air valves, blow-offs, connection to existing facilities and other pipeline appurtenances and related work. The majority of the pipe is being installed in a common trench, and is in City owned right-of-way.

Persons with questions concerning the current construction phase, may contact Mark Lewis, City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspector II, at 760-807-1121.