Escondido Public Library Card – The Most Valuable Card in Your Wallet

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. In addition to the Escondido Public Library’s fantastic and free programs and services, the Library is partnering with local businesses to offer exclusive discounts to Library card holders through the Read Local, Shop Local! campaign. Show your Escondido Public Library card at participating businesses starting September 5, 2017 to receive a discount. 

Visit Escondido Public Library, located at 239 S. Kalmia Street to get your free card or sign-up online at 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. 

To view the list of Read Local, Shop Local! business partners visit 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. 


Our Fall 2017 Escondido Recreation Guide is now available. The new schedule of classes offers aquatic programs and activities to keep you and your family healthy, fit, and strong through the end of the year. 

The Recreation Guide is filled with energizing programs for preschoolers, youth, teens, adults, and seniors. Activities and classes are offered at convenient locations throughout Escondido’s community. New classes for fall include: Art4Healing®, Sugar Art Workshops, Posture for Life, Basic Flamenco Dance, Water Aerobics, Painting Date, Junior Pop Stars Dance and Sing, Scooter Camps, and more.

Register for recreation classes that fit your lifestyle and stay mentally fit and physically active this fall. To browse the full Recreation Guide and sign-up online, visit the Escondido Recreation website at

Now is the Time to Reduce Fire Hazards

The risk of fire increases as temperatures rise and vegetation dries out.

With more hot, dry weather still to come, Escondido fire officials ask you to look for potential fire hazards on or around your property. Here are some items to check for:

  • Clear any combustible material, weeds, brush, trees or other vegetation (including mulch) that is, or could become, dry and catch on fire
  • Maintain plantings within one hundred feet of a structure. Doing so can slow down or redirect the movement of a fire, and it will also allow firefighters the space they need to defend your property.
  • Ensure that properties of more than one acre have one hundred feet clearance from structures and fifty feet clearance around the perimeter.
  • Store firewood a minimum of thirty feet from structures and separated from the crown of trees by a minimum of fifteen feet.

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

Escondido City Council approves a Balanced Budget for 2017/18

On June 14, 2017 the City Council adopted the City of Escondido’s Annual Operating Budget for the upcoming fiscal year.  At approximately $190 million for all operating funds, this budget is balanced without using reserves, and provides for full City operations, including a fully staffed and equipped Police and Fire Department. Since 2010, and for seven consecutive years, the City has balanced its budget without using reserves or raising taxes. The City’s Five Year Capital Improvement Program and 2017/18 Capital Improvement Project Budget will go before Council this week on Wednesday, June 21.

For more information and to view the 2017/18 Annual Operating Budget visit the City’s website at:

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