18th Annual Mother’s Day Home Tour

If you are looking for a unique way to celebrate Mother’s Day, you may want to consider the Old Escondido Historic District’s 18th Annual Mother’s Day Home Tour.  On Sunday, May 10, 2015 between 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. you can tour the interiors and gardens of five historic homes dating from 1892 to 1927 and enjoy refreshments in a lovely garden setting.  

Tickets are $20 each if purchased prior to the event or $25 on the day of. One child under the age of 12 admitted at no charge with each paying adult. 

 This is a self-paced tour; the homes are within walking distance for the average person and can be visited in any order.  The home farthest to the west is approximately 1/3 mile from the home farthest to the east. Proceeds from the Mother’s Day Home Tour help the Old Escondido Historic District, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, to achieve their mission, to “promote and protect Old Escondido, the City’s oldest neighborhood.”

 For more information please visit: http://oldescondido.org/Old_Escondido_Historic_District/Home_Tour.html

Town Hall Meeting

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 eight Town Hall meetings since 2011. My next town hall meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 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.

Escondido’s Fleet

Did you know that the City of Escondido maintains a fleet of 670 vehicles? The City of Escondido owns and maintains all public safety vehicles as well as numerous other vehicles that assist with City operations. Often unrecognized, these assets are crucial to daily City operations.

The life cycle of vehicles and equipment range from 8 years to 20. When we purchase or replace vehicles, we use two purchasing methods: formal bid and cooperative purchase.  While formal bid provides local vendors the opportunity to bid on vehicles, City Staff is also responsible to purchase in the most advantageous way possible to benefit  tax payers. Cooperative purchase allows public agencies the ability to obtain greater discounts through buying power of similar products.

When replacing City vehicles, City Staff members use a comprehensive vehicle replacement evaluation process including age, miles, condition, reliability, and specific failure history.  Rather than look at just age, we use the following adage “Every vehicle will be addressed individually” when evaluating for replacement. This provides optimal timing for replacement.

Keeping a reliable fleet of vehicles and equipment ensures public safety and maintains City services. Equally important, a rigorous replacement evaluation ensures the appropriate use of taxpayers’ funds.

Innovate 78! Brand Launched

In an effort to better position the cities along San Diego’s  78 Corridor for prosperity and innovation, the five North County cities – Carlsbad, Escondido, Oceanside, San Marcos and Vista – have launched Innovate78, a new branding initiative and website (www.innovate78.com ) to spur economic development. From biotech to sports innovation and beer, Innovate78 is a place where innovation and lifestyle collide.

Recognizing the benefits of collaboration, the five cities have been working for the past two years to develop a brand to collectively maximize business retention, expansion and recruitment along the 78 Corridor, resulting in further job creation.  On Tuesday, April 7, the five cities’ mayors were joined by more than 130 business owners and community stakeholders to unveil the new brand and the supporting website, featuring dynamic information on cultivating a career, building a businesses and living on the 78 Corridor.

To read a news release about the brand launch, please visit: