Although it is officially Fall, with more hot weather in the forecast  fire officials ask you to look for potential fire hazards on or around your property.  Here are some items to check for: 

  • Trash, debris, and other combustible materials that create a fire hazard must be removed from the property.
  • Properties of one acre should be cleared of hazards (weeds) in their entirety.
  • Properties of more than one acre should have one hundred feet clearance from structures and fifty feet clearance around the perimeter.
  • Roadways and/or driveways shall be cleared of vegetation to at least the width of the roadway plus ten feet on each side, and a height of thirteen and one-half feet above the road surface.
  • Storage of firewood material shall be located a minimum of thirty feet from structures and separated from the crown of trees by a minimum of fifteen feet.
  • Property owners should clear any combustible material, weeds, brush, trees or other vegetation (including mulch) that is, or could become, dry and could be capable of transmitting fire. 

For further information, please contact the Escondido Fire Department (760) 839-5417, (760) 839-5400 or email



On September 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Palomar Health Communities Coalition Escondido, the Escondido Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will provide the public an opportunity to prevent drug abuse and theft by ridding their homes of dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription pills and patches.  Residents may bring unwanted prescription pills or patches to the Escondido Police and Fire Headquarters at 1163 N. Centre City Parkway.  Liquids or needles cannot be accepted.  The service is free and anonymous.

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) began “Take Back” events in 2010.  Since that time, the DEA and local law enforcement partners have taken in over 4.8 million pounds of prescription pills.  More information on this program can be found at

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse, and abuse.  Unused prescription pills may lead to accidental poisonings and overdoses, and persons who abuse prescription drugs often obtain the drugs from family, friends, and the home medicine cabinet.   The DEA drug take back day is an alternative to flushing unwanted pills down the drain or throwing them in the trash—both of which pose potential safety and health hazards.

Escondido College and Career Fair Scheduled for October 3 at Westfield North County

A free College and Career Fair will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from Noon to 4 p.m. on levels 2 and 3 at Westfield North County mall, 272 East Via Rancho Parkway.  Representatives from over 100 colleges and universities will be on hand to provide information to students and their parents about entrance requirements, application deadlines, and majors. Representatives also will be there for those interested in community college, trade school, certification programs and military service. 

Recognizing that a well-educated workforce is essential to Escondido’s prosperity, a wide range of organizations are sponsoring the fair: Mission Federal Credit Union, Westfield North County, Cal State University San Marcos Extended Studies, City of Escondido, Escondido Chamber of Commerce, Escondido Union High School District, Palomar College GEAR UP Partnership Program, San Diego Union-Tribune and the Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District. 

For more information, please visit:

Escondido’s Bond Ratings Raised by Standard & Poor’s

I am pleased to announce that Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has upgraded two of Escondido’s bond ratings.

Standard & Poors raised its long-term rating and underlying rating to 'AA-' from 'A+' on Escondido’s existing series 2012 water revenue bonds. At the same time, Standard & Poor’s raised the long-term ratings to 'AA-' from 'A+' on the series 2007 water bonds.

The outlook is stable for all bonds. This stable outlook reflects Standard & Poor's opinion that the financial performance of Escondido’s water system has been consistently strong and will remain strong over the two year outlook rating period.   Further support for this rating is evidenced by the water system’s stable and diverse customer base and recent track record of water system annual rate increases to support operations and fund future capital projects.

A copy of the rationale supporting the ratings and outlook is available on the city’s website at: