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 seven Town Hall meetings since 2011. My next town hall meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 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.

STAGE 2 DROUGHT ALERT

As California continues to face a drought, every drop of water saved helps extend our reserves. The San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors have declared a Stage 2 Drought Alert condition calling for mandatory water conservation measures to prevent water waste.

Mandatory conservation measures for Stage 2 include:

  • Limiting outdoor watering to no more than 3 days per week.
  • Watering only during the late evening or early morning hours
  • Eliminating runoff from irrigation systems
  • Repairing all leaks promptly
  • Turning off water fountains and other water features unless they use recycled water
  • Using hoses with shut-off valves for washing cars (or patronizing commercial car washes that re-circulate water)
  • Serving water to restaurant patrons only on request
  • Offering hotel guests the option of not laundering towels and linens daily
  • Using water (unnecessarily) for construction operations that receive water from a construction meter or water truck for any purpose other than those required by regulatory agencies is prohibited. 

On August 13, 2014 the City Council will consider modifying the municipal code to bring Escondido to Stage 2 also. If you have any questions on the water restrictions, please call the City Utilities Division at 760-839-4075 or email water@escondido.org  

INTERESTED IN RUNNING FOR CITY OFFICE?

At the November 4, 2014 General Municipal Election, the residents of Escondido will elect one Mayor to serve a four-year term; the residents of District One in Escondido will elect one City Council Member to serve a four-year term; and the residents of District Two in Escondido will elect one City Council Member to serve a four-year term.

The Candidate Nomination and Filing Period began on Monday, July 14, 2014, and ends on Friday, August 8, 2014 at 5 p.m. During that time, persons interested in running for office should contact the City Clerk who will be issuing nomination paperwork.  This will provide the information necessary to become a candidate for elective office. As a mayoral candidate, you must be a registered voter in Escondido to receive the nomination papers; District One and District Two candidates must be registered voters in their respective district.

All required documentation must be filed in the City Clerk’s office by the August 8 deadline in order for your name to be placed on the ballot. To better serve you, call (760) 839-4617 or email dhalverson@escondido.org and make an appointment. The Escondido City Clerk’s Office is located at 201 N. Broadway and is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT

All across America, people celebrate the first Tuesday evening in August as National Night Out Against  Crime.  The National Association of Town Watch invites communities to join forces to promote police-community partnerships, crime/drug/violence prevention, safety, and neighborhood unity. Over 37 million people in more than 15,000 communities nationwide attend this event.

You and your family are invited to join the Escondido Police Department in celebrating the 31st  Annual  National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  This year’s event will be held at two locations. At the Police & Fire Headquarters (1163 N. Centre City Parkway) there will be station tours and police-related displays.  At Grape Day Park in downtown Escondido the focus will be on awareness of crime prevention.  Entertainment and children’s activities will also be provided there.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact the Escondido Police Department's Special Events Division at (760) 839-4961.