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:

Categories include: Arts, Business, Community, Education, Public Safety, Historic Preservation, and Youth.  The deadline for nomination is 5:30 p.m. on Monday, January 27, 2014.

A sub-committee of the City Council will review all nominations and make its final selection in January.  The awards will be presented at the Annual State of the City Address on Wednesday, February 26, 2014.

Holiday Safety Tips

Don’t let the spirit of giving extend to criminals!   The following are a few timely reminders:

When shopping:

  • Park in a well-lit space
  • Don’t carry a lot of cash—use checks/ credit cards
  • Keep purchases in your trunk, not in plain view
  • If returning to the store, move your car to another area
  • Lock your car

When at home:

  • Window coverings should be closed so gifts can’t be seen
  • Before you go to bed or leave home, check, close, and lock windows or doors, including the garage door

When traveling:

  • Get an automatic timer for lights
  • Ask a neighbor to watch your home and to park in the driveway from time to time
  • Stop delivery of mail/newspaper

And, when celebrating the New Year:

  • Don’t drink and drive. Encourage designated drivers and have the number for a taxi service on hand. If hosting a party, make sure non-alcoholic beverages are available.
  • All fireworks are dangerous and illegal in Escondido.
  • Ring in the New Year with noisemakers or pots and pans, not with a bang of a gun or the slam of a cell door!

'Tis The Season

Kick off the holiday season this year with three free celebrations:

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting & Winter Wonderland
Saturday, December 7, 2013
3-8 p.m. California Center for the Arts, Escondido

This annual event has become a Center favorite and a holiday tradition for families in North County and beyond. Kick off the Holiday with the lighting of the tree, art activities, costumed entertainers, special visit with the man from up North, and a playground filled with real snow!  For more information visit

Escondido Jaycees 63rd  Annual Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 14, 2013
9:30 a.m. Broadway (Between Escondido High and Grape Day Park)

This beloved Escondido tradition attracts tens of thousands of spectators each year from everywhere in San Diego County. This year’s theme is “Christmas across the Galaxy.”

Christmas on Maple
Saturday, December 14, 2013
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Maple Street Plaza

Highlights include: Unique holiday vendors, cookie decorating (courtesy of the merchants of Downtown), visit with Santa and free teddy bears (courtesy of Design Moe Kitchen & Bath) while supplies last, letters to Santa Mailbox and children's crafts (courtesy of Home Depot), professional photo shoot with Santa, caroling, dance performances and more.

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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