Movies in the Park Start June 28

Looking for some inexpensive family fun this summer?  Then you won’t want to miss “Movies in the Park”. This summer you can enjoy beautiful summer evenings in Grape Day Park while catching outdoor movies that are perfect for the whole family.  The fun begins at 7:00 p.m. with a variety of children’s activities, as well as a snack bar.  The movies will begin at dusk.


Movie schedule:

June 28 - Frozen

July 12       Monsters University

July 26       The Lego Movie

August 9    Despicable Me 2


All children must be accompanied by an adult. Families are encouraged to bring low backed chairs or blanket, a sweater, and flashlight.


“Movies in the Park” is sponsored by the Escondido History Center and the City of Escondido Recreation Division.  For more information visit or call 760-743-8207. 


The Town Hall meeting originally scheduled for May 14, 2014, but cancelled due to the Cocos Fire, has been rescheduled.  Escondido Mayor Sam Abed will hold a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway. Following a brief update by the Mayor, residents will be welcome to ask questions or share their thoughts on any topic relating to city government.  The event is free and no reservations are required.


The meeting will 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


This is the seventh town hall meeting Mayor Abed has held since his election as Mayor.

Do You Have Plans For Memorial Day Weekend?

Over the years the original meaning and spirit of Memorial Day has faded from the public consciousness. Originally known as “Decoration Day”, Memorial Day is a day to remember the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.  You can honor those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom by attending a Memorial Day Remembrance Service at Oak Hill Memorial Park, 2640 Glenridge Road, on Monday, May 26, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. The remembrance is sponsored by the Escondido Allied Veterans Council.

In addition to this solemn observance of Memorial Day, you may also want to consider another event that has become a Memorial Day Weekend tradition in Escondido: the American Heritage Car Show sponsored by the Escondido History Center.  This year’s free event will be held on Saturday, May 24, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in Grape Day Park in downtown Escondido. The American Heritage Car Show will feature hundreds of domestic and import pre-'74 vintage, classic, muscle and hot rod cars. The event will include a DJ, a pancake breakfast, vendors, refreshments, and a raffle. 


In late 2013, the Escondido Police Department proposed a renewed approach to community policing and a strategy consistent with the city council’s goals of Economic Development, Fiscal Management, Neighborhood Improvement and Public Safety was developed.  We call it the Neighborhood Transformation Project.

With this proactive approach our Police Department is partnering with Neighborhood Services, Public Works, Planning, Code Enforcement, the City Attorney and City Manager’s Offices and community-based organizations to affect positive change in our community, one neighborhood at a time.  Practically speaking, our Police Department is stepping up patrols and targeting known gang members, drug dealers and other repeat offenders to eliminate criminal activities. Our goal is to create a cleaner and safer neighborhood. As this is occurring, our city services are striving to improve the living environment in our community. We are encouraging residents to maintain their properties while the City of Escondido works to trim trees, fix lighting, improve the city’s image and appearance, enhance public safety and create economic opportunities for our residents.

The Neighborhood Transformation Project is a key program for neighborhood improvement and we look forward to expanding it to other neighborhoods in the city..  Please visit for more information.