Happy Holidays

This time of year is a special time of celebration, reflection, and looking forward. I want to take this opportunity to wish every Escondido resident a very happy holiday season, and a healthy and prosperous 2016.  

During this holiday season, let us all be thankful for this special community in which we live.  Escondido is a great city with an excellent quality of life and strong sense of community. The progress we have made over the past several years has been exceptional and Escondido is once again an exciting place to live, and to plan a future.

It is an honor and privilege for me to serve as your mayor and I look forward to working with our residents, businesses  and my colleagues on the City Council in the coming year.

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR ESCONDIDO CITY COUNCIL AWARDS

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: https://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/PDFs/AwardNominationForm2016.pdf

Categories include: Arts, Business, Community, Education, Public Safety, Historic Preservation, and Youth.  The deadline for nomination is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 25, 2016.

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 24, 2016.

Holiday Safety Tips

Holiday Safety Tips
Don’t let the spirit of giving extend to criminals!   The following are a few timely reminders:

When shopping:

  • Park in a well-lit space
  • Don’t carry a lot of cash—use checks/ credit cards
  • Keep purchases in your trunk, not in plain view
  • If returning to the store, move your car to another area
  • Lock your car

When at home:

  • Window coverings should be closed so gifts can’t be seen
  • Before you go to bed or leave home, check, close, and lock windows or doors, including the garage door

 When traveling:

  • Get an automatic timer for lights
  • Ask a neighbor to watch your home and to park in the driveway from time to time
  • Stop delivery of mail/newspaper 

And, when Celebrating the New Year:

  • Don’t drink and drive. Encourage designated drivers and have the number for a taxi service on hand. If hosting a party, make sure non-alcoholic beverages are available.
  • All fireworks are dangerous and illegal in Escondido.
  • Ring in the New Year with noisemakers or pots and pans, not with a bang of a gun or the slam of a cell door!

‘TIS THE SEASON

Kick off the holiday season this year with three free celebrations: 

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting & Winter Wonderland
Saturday, December 5, 2015
3-8 p.m. California Center for the Arts, Escondido 
This annual community event brings the North Pole to the heart of Escondido. Children will have the chance to frolic in real snow, decorate their very own Christmas cookies, and create fun, hand-made gifts for their loved ones. The highlight for kids is, of course, Santa Claus himself, but there will also be a number of holiday-themed entertainers—from carolers, to stilt walkers, to hula dancers—for all ages to enjoy. Food and drink will be available to warm your hands and hearts, and a number of local businesses will be displaying their wares for your holiday shopping needs. For more information visit www.artcenter.org 

Escondido Jaycees 63rd  Annual Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 12, 2015
9:30 a.m. Broadway (Between Escondido High and Grape Day Park)
This beloved Escondido tradition attracts tens of thousands of spectators each year from everywhere in San Diego County. This year’s theme is “A Super hero Christmas.” 

Christmas on Maple
Christmas On Maple
Saturday, December 12th 2015
10am-3pm on Maple Plaza and South Maple
Highlights include: Visit with Santa and Teddy Bears for children (while supplies last - courtesy of Health Net Insurance); Crafts for children ( courtesy of Home Depot); Gingerbread cookies (courtesy of Delight of France);  Letters to Santa; decorating Christmas cookies;  Gourmet Food Trucks and performances by the Children’s Youth Orchestra Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Orchestra. This FREE family-friendly event has something for everyone including a unique Holiday Boutique with over 50 vendors for last minute Christmas shopping. For more information visit www.christmasonmaple.com