SPEND IT! In Escondido

With the busiest shopping season of the year in full swing now, this is a good time to remind residents about a community awareness campaign called Spend It! In Escondido. The focus of the campaign is to educate community members about the importance of shopping in Escondido.


Every taxable dollar spent in Escondido benefits important City-provided services such as police and fire, senior services, libraries, street maintenance, street lights,  parks and recreation. Sales tax generated from Escondido transactions (1% of gross taxable sales), stays in Escondido and contributes to the quality of life you enjoy.

Purchases generating sales tax revenue are critical to a healthy Escondido economy.  But it’s not just about sales tax revenue: While the goal is to increase sales during the busiest shopping time of the year, there are other benefits to shopping locally. If you stay in town, you save on gas, you discover new businesses you might not have otherwise visited, and you contribute to community pride and the health of the Escondido business environment.


More information about Spend It! In Escondido is available online at http://www.escondido.org/spend-it-in-escondido.aspx



The Escondido Public Library’s annual Holiday Food for Fines Program will begin on Monday, December 1, and run through Wednesday, December 31, 2014. The program provides Library patrons with the opportunity to clear up to $20.00 in fines from their records. Proceeds will benefit Interfaith Community Services in Escondido which distributes the food to needy families throughout the North County area.

Expensive items, such as canned hams and powdered infant formula, count for up to $5.00 worth of fines per item. Nonperishable items such as canned vegetables, pasta, canned tuna fish, and dried pasta count for up to $1.00 worth of fines per item. Non-nutritious and perishable items such as candy and chips; damaged cans/containers; and food past its expiration date cannot be accepted. Food may only be used to clear fines - not for fees associated with lost or damaged books and materials, or City Attorney fees. The Library also welcomes donations from patrons who do not have any fines but want to bring in food just to help those in need.  

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Contact the Library at 760-839-4684 or visit their website library.escondido.org.

4th Annual Community in Unity Celebration at City Hall Dome

On Thursday, December 4th, 2014 from 5:31pm to 8:31pm, over 300 guests will experience Escondido’s 4th Annual Holiday Celebration – “Community in Unity” under the dome at City Hall.

Fine foods and spirits are provided by more than 20 local restaurants, craft brewers, and wineries. Local schools and churches provide music to create the caroling mood, followed by a step into Santa’s Sweet Shop where tantalizing desserts will satisfy everyone's sweet tooth. 

In the spirit of giving, guests are encouraged to bring new pajamas for Rady Children's Hospital and/or a new toy for the Escondido Police Department’s (EPD) annual Children’s Christmas Party. Last year over 500 pajamas/toys were collected.

Tickets may be purchased for $20.00 prior to the event or $30.00 at the door. For further information and ticket purchase contact the Escondido Chamber of Commerce at 760/745-2125


On August 6, 2014 the City Council authorized the City’s Environmental Programs Division to move forward in developing a Storm Water Alternative Compliance program.  Established as a new tool in the current Municipal Storm Water Permit (Order No. R9‐2013‐0001) issued by the Regional Water Quality Control Board, the program aims to facilitate watershed improvements at a scale and in locations where they might not otherwise be achieved.  As part of the coordination of regional Watershed Quality Improvement Plans, the City is taking its first steps to develop the Alternative Compliance program by identifying possible projects.  Potential projects will be incorporated into the Watershed Quality Improvement Plans. 

I invite the public to nominate a project or a location within the City of Escondido with potential to improve the quality of storm water and urban runoff.  To do so, please complete the Project Nomination Form found at https://www.escondido.org/storm-water-program.aspx  and email it to water@escondido.org by Wednesday, November 19, 2014.  Please note that implementation of these projects is dependent on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, feasibility, availability of funding, permission of property owner(s), availability of permits and likely benefit to the watershed.