Congratulations to the following Escondido residents who were honored at the annual State of the City meeting on February 25, 2015  as recipients of the 2015 City Council Awards for their outstanding volunteer efforts:

Name: Brian Murphy
Field:  Arts 

Name:  Escondido Disposal, Inc.
Field:     Business 

Name: Juan Arjona
Field: Community Service 

Name: Dr. Derry Connolly
Field: Education 

Name: NK Towing & Roadside Services, Inc.
Field: Public Safety 

Name: Elana Karoly
Field: Youth 

In addition, this year’s “Mayor’s Leadership Award” was presented to Rorie Johnston of the Escondido Chamber of Commerce. 

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


I will be presenting my Annual State of the City address on Wednesday morning, February 25, 2015 at the Conference Center of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. 

The event is co-sponsored by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce and will be begin with an optional breakfast at 7:30 a.m. followed by the program at 8:00 a.m.  The program will include awards to outstanding community volunteers as well as brief remarks by my colleagues on the City Council, and will conclude with my address. 

The optional breakfast is available for $20 per person.  To make your reservation for breakfast, please register online at or contact the City Manager’s Office at 760-839-4631.   The deadline to reserve breakfast is 5:00 p.m. on February 20, 2015.  Persons wishing to attend the program may do so at no cost, if they are not eating breakfast.  If you would like information about sponsoring a table, please contact the Escondido Chamber of Commerce, 760-745-2125. 

I hope to see you there!


My Final “Letter from the Mayor”

This will be my final “Letter from the Mayor” in The Paper.  I have been concerned for some time about the editor’s journalistic practices.  He frequently writes stories that are based on rumors, false information, and speculation rather than facts.  Escondido has been the target of some of those opinion pieces presented as news.  Last summer, when the Union Tribune accused him of plagiarism, a serious issue for a newspaper, he used the unique excuse that it wasn’t plagiarism but an “anthology” or a collection of stories.


The turning point for me occurred just last month.  “The Paper” has had a history of publishing jokes that often are in poor taste and offensive to various groups of people in our community.  However, the January 29, 2015 issue contained a so-called joke about the sad events in Ferguson, Missouri that was blatantly racist and distasteful. Because this kind of irresponsible and unprofessional journalism does not reflect the values of our great city, I am discontinuing my weekly letters in “The Paper.”


If you are interested in continuing to read my weekly letters, they will appear on the City’s website,


Having a thriving business community not only means services and jobs for our residents, it also means revenue for our city which in turn can be spent on public safety, streets, parks and other quality of life amenities. 

The City Council has made economic development  a high priority and is committed to being a business-friendly community.  As a result, it is important to me personally  to reach out to businesses.  I meet with local businesses regularly to learn more about them, to see how they are doing, and to find out what the City can do to help keep them in Escondido and to help their business grow.  If you are a business owner in Escondido and would like to have me visit your business, please contact Michelle Geller, Management Analyst  II, at 760-839-4587 or .