3rd Annual Community in Unity Celebration at City Hall Dome

On November 21, 2013 from 5:31 pm to 8:31 pm over 500 guests will experience Escondido’s 3rd Annual Premier Holiday Kickoff Party – “Community in Unity” under the dome at City Hall. Why the odd start time? Because City Hall closes at 5:30 and this wonderful holiday event starts as soon as possible!

The City Hall Dome decorations will be provided by the Home Depot East Valley, which will set the mood for this festive event. The food and wine is provided by over 30 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 that will promise to end all diets.

In the spirit of giving, guests are asked to bring new pajamas for Isabelle’s Foundation for Rady’s Children Hospital and/or a new toy for the Escondido Police Department’s (EPD) annual Children’s Christmas Party which assists child victims of violence, abuse and low income. Last year over 650 pajamas/toys were collected. The Christmas tree and Gingerbread house will be auctioned off and proceeds are also given to the EPD’s child abuse program.

Tickets may be purchased for $20.00 prior to the event or $25.00 at the door. For further information and ticket purchase contact the Escondido Chamber of Commerce at 760-745-2125.  

Self-guided walking map of downtown public art now available online

A self-guided walking tour map of Escondido’s downtown  public art is now available online at www.escondido.org/public-art-program.aspx .  With the cooler autumn weather, now is the perfect time to visit Escondido’s public art downtown and also enjoy a unique shopping, dining and entertainment experience!

Public art contributes significantly to the identity and livability of a community.  In the same way that people work to beautify and decorate their homes, a varied public art collection offers visual appeal, inspires civic pride and celebration, and it often symbolizes the health and wealth of the community it inhabits. Public Art also can be an effective tool for economic development drawing visitors to the community.  Each year Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park attracts visitors from all over the world.

The Public Art Program, which is essentially a museum without walls, exists to enrich the community by seeking, promoting, and providing publicly accessible art that reflects community goals and desires. Since the Public Art Program began in 1988, more than 22 public art projects have been initiated by the City of Escondido and private developers. Escondido’s Public Art Program has received a number of local and national awards for its projects.

For general information about the City of Escondido, please visit www.escondido.org

2013 - 2014 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 3.75 million square feet of City roadways. The project will be completed in two phases with the bids for the first phase anticipated on October 24th.

For a list of streets to be included in this year’s program please visit the City’s website (click here)

For general information about the City of Escondido, please visit www.escondido.org

City Council Districts Are Being Drawn And Your Input Is Needed

The Escondido City Council is changing how its members are elected.  Starting next year, four Council members will be elected from individual districts.  This Fall the Escondido Independent Districting Commission will decide where these four districts will be located.  The Commission needs to hear from you about your neighborhood and communities of interests and where they are located to help the Commission draw districts for the 2014 November election.

You can tell the Commission about your community at a public hearing.  Translation services  will be available at the hearings.   The following are the remaining hearings:

  • Saturday, October 19 – 9 am at Mission Middle School, 939 E. Mission Ave.
  • Thursday, October 24 – 6 pm at Felicita Elementary School, 737 W. 13th Ave.
  • Sunday, October 27 – 3 pm at City Council Chambers, 201 N. Broadway

The deadline to submit information to the Commission is October 31, 2013.  You can give written information by email (districting@escondido.org) or by mailing or dropping off to the City Clerk’s Office:

Escondido Independent Districting Commission

c/o Escondido City Clerk’s office

201 N. Broadway

Escondido, CA 92025

For the most updated schedule and information, please check the City’s website,  www.escondido.org. If you have questions, please call 760-839-4617.