Dine Out Escondido!

After great success in January this year, I’m pleased to announce that Visit Escondido, in partnership with the participating restaurants, will offer “Dine Out Escondido!” from January 25th  through the 31st.  Escondido is the only city in San Diego’s North County to be involved in this important statewide economic program. 

In conjunction with Visit California’s “California Restaurant Month,” Escondido is hosting the second annual “Dine Out Escondido!” culinary tourism program promoting over 20 local restaurants. The statewide program represents forty cities and has a robust marketing reach of over 70 million impressions through its website, social media, and advertising efforts. 

Everyone can savor the diverse culinary flavors of Escondido during “Dine Out Escondido!” by taking advantage of this opportunity to visit their favorite restaurants, discover many new ones, and enjoy the creativity of Escondido’s fantastic chefs and restaurateurs.  

Each restaurant is providing a special offer to celebrate “Dine Out Escondido!” For a complete list of participating restaurants and their specials, please go to www.VisitEscondido.com

TWO WAYS TO RECYCLE YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE

If a fresh, green Christmas tree is part of your holiday tradition, the City of Escondido provides two free, convenient ways of recycling it. After removing its decorations, cut the tree into 4-foot lengths and place it next to your trash and recycling bins on your regular collection day.  Another option is to take your whole tree to Jesmond Dene Park at the north end of town (2401 N.Broadway), or to Kit Carson Park, at the south end (3333 Bear Valley Parkway).  Christmas Tree recycling will be available at these parks from December 26, 2014  through January 17, 2015.

And, speaking of recycling, don’t forget to save and reuse ribbon, gift bags and uncrushed paper. Reusing materials is just another form of recycling. Unfold extra cardboard boxes so they’re easier to store, or pass them along to a friend who’s moving.

Remember, every time we reduce, reuse or recycle, we lessen the load going to the landfill. And that saves money and natural resources.

Happy Holidays

I want to take this opportunity to wish every Escondido resident a very happy holiday season, and a healthy and prosperous 2015.  Whether you celebrate Christmas or any other faith or tradition, the holidays are a special time of celebration, reflection, and looking forward.

During this holiday season, let us all be thankful for this special community in which we live.  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. I have a renewed sense of purpose to do whatever I can to ensure that Escondido continues to be the strong, special and vibrant place that we love.  It is my hope that each of you reaffirms your own commitment to continue to foster the great sense of community and cooperation that distinguishes Escondido from many other communities.

It is an honor and privilege for me to serve as your mayor and I look forward to working with our residents and my colleagues on the City Council in the coming year. We have many challenges ahead of us, but I know that our community will continue to grow stronger and enjoy much success in the future.

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/AwardNominationForm2015.pdf

Categories include: Arts, Business, Community, Education, Public Safety, Historic Preservation, and Youth.  The deadline for nomination is 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

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 25, 2015.