Patriot Day – September 11, 2014

All across the U.S. Americans will reflect on the tragic events of 13 years ago.  We are moved as a nation, to pay tribute to the innocent victims of terrorists as well as to honor the valiant efforts of those brave first responders who lost their lives trying to save them. 

Our community, like hundreds across the nation and world, felt the loss of one of our own.  Juan Pablo Cisneros was a bright young man with a promising future. He was the first in his family to attend college, having earned a full scholarship to Dartmouth College. He worked as bond trader so that he could earn money to send his younger sister to college and so he could go to graduate school. He was hard at work on September 11 in the offices of Cantor Fitzgerald on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center’s South Tower.  He was among the 3,040 lives cut short that terrible day. 

Every year on September 11, flags are flown at half-staff on government buildings to honor those who lost their lives.  I urge all residents to join in this solemn tribute by displaying their flags at their homes or businesses.

Daley Ranch House Tours Starting in October

Beginning on October 12, 2014 Escondido  Rangers will begin offering monthly tours of the Daley Ranch House.  The tours will be held the second Sunday of each month, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Rangers will lead the tours/presentations, with volunteers from the Friends of Daley Ranch assisting.  

The Ranch House was built in 1928 out of single-board heart redwood. It was used primarily by the Daley Family for summer entertaining since its one-board thickness made it too cold for year-round living. The great room features a massive stone fireplace made of cobblestones that were brought around the Cape by clipper ship. The great room also has beautiful single wall tongue and groove redwood walls, which are original, as is the hardwood floor. The original light fixtures were made by Escondido blacksmiths, and still hang from the tall ceiling.

This past year, renovations were completed on the Ranch House and grounds and it is now available to rent for weddings and other private or corporate events.  For information on renting the Ranch House, please contact Teresa Collins, Special Events/Economic Development Coordinator at 760-839-4507 or  

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Pavement Repair and Rehabilitation Program

Escondido’s road system is the City’s single largest asset. Like any capital investment, a road system must be maintained in a timely manner to minimize its life cycle costs and receive the maximum long-term benefit from the investment.  Road pavements deteriorate under the action of traffic and heavy vehicle loading. In addition, road pavements naturally age due to environmental factors such as temperature, sunlight and water getting into pavement layers. A well-maintained road system is crucial to an effective commercial delivery system and the economic vitality of a community. If roads are left too long without proper maintenance and timely overlays, they must be completely reconstructed at a much higher cost.

This year, the City Council increased funding for this essential program.

The 2013-2014 pavement repair program will resurface over 59 lane miles of City roadways. The project will be completed in two phases. The first phase was completed earlier this year.  The second phase is under construction now with anticipated completion by October.  Sealcoats are currently being placed in the Oak Hill and Orange Glen neighborhoods.


For a list of streets to be included in this year’s program please visit the City’s website at


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Don’t Miss Escondido’s Grape Day Celebration on September 6

Grape Day is an important, historic event for Escondido which started in 1908 as a way to celebrate our grape harvest and promote the city.

The Escondido Sunrise Rotary Club will once again kick off the day at 7:30 a.m. with their annual 5K Fun Run. Participants of all ages can walk or run according to their abilities. The Fun Run will be followed by the Grape Day Parade at 9:30 a.m. The whimsical parade starts at Escondido Boulevard and Grand Avenue and travels east on Grand to Juniper, featuring floats, marching bands, walking groups, equestrians and historic automobiles. The Grape Day Festival begins at 9:30 a.m. and includes free, family-friendly activities such as grape stomping, live music and dancers, vendor booths, food trucks and demonstrations.

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