Live WaterSmart

Though Governor Brown has declared the drought officially over, you won’t see much change in the way Escondido residents use water.  We know that California will have more years of drought in the future, we just don’t know when.  Making smart decisions today helps us prepare for tomorrow.

The Utilities Department is working to expand the supply of water, through projects like the Microfiltration/Reverse Osmosis Advance Treatment plant, and our ability to store water, through projects like replacing the Lake Wohlford Dam. 

At the same time, we’ll keep using water according to the efficiency standards in place every day, regardless of drought conditions.  They include things like:

  • Repairing leaks and line breaks as soon as they are discovered.
  • Eliminating excessive runoff from over watering.
  • Irrigating landscapes between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 a.m.
  • Recirculating water in fountains.
  • Using a hose with a water shut-off nozzle anytime you wash a vehicle.
  • Not washing hardscape with a hose or other pressurized source.
  • Turning off potable irrigation during rainfall or within 48 hours if rainfall.
  • Hotel or motel providing guests with the option not to have towels and/or linens laundered daily.
  • Restaurants or other places where food is served not serving drinking water to customers unless requested by the customer.
    From Escondido Municipal Code, Article 5, including Section 31-230 and Section 31-232

With these simple actions, we can all live WaterSmart.  For more information about conservation in Escondido, visit


Town Hall meetings are an excellent 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 twelve Town Hall meetings since 2011. My next town hall meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 4:00 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 will make Escondido a better city.

20th Annual Mother’s Day Home Tour

On Sunday, May 14, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. you will be able to tour the interiors and gardens of five historic homes, all located in the heart of Escondido.   

Tickets are $20 each if purchased prior to the event, or $25 on the day of. One child under the age of 12 admitted at no charge with each paying adult. Tickets are available online at or at Rosemary-Duff Florist located at 101 W. 2nd Ave. On the day of the event only, tickets can be purchased at 537 S. Juniper St.

This is a self-paced tour. The homes are within walking distance for the average person, although there is a steep hill along the way to one of the houses.  Comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended.   

Proceeds from the Mother’s Day Home Tour help the Old Escondido Historic District, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, to achieve their mission to “promote and protect Old Escondido, the City’s oldest neighborhood.” For more information please visit:

Celebrate Community Support During National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week, April 23 to 29, 2017, provides an opportunity to recognize and thank the hundreds of volunteers who contribute their time, and expertise to departments throughout the City of Escondido. More than 300 volunteers assist with projects across the Library and Community Services Department alone.

At the Escondido Public Library, more than 200 volunteers assist with tasks including, but not limited to, teaching adults how to read and improve their literacy skills; shelving and processing materials; instructing children in the sport of chess; and working in the Friends of the Library bookstore sorting and selling used books. Community Services volunteers assist at the Park Avenue Community Center serving meals to seniors as well as Kit Carson Park coaching hockey and soccer leagues. This invaluable support allows staff to spend more time serving patrons and the community.

For more information on volunteer opportunities with the Escondido Public Library, contact Volunteer Coordinator Cookie Allen at 760-839-4819 or at Volunteer openings are also posted on the Library’s website at For information about opportunities within Community Services, contact Janet Rulien at 760-839-4522 or at