Spring Break Camps

The Escondido Recreation Division is now accepting registration for spring break youth programs. The On Track Kid’s Camp and the Counselor in Training (CIT) Programs will be offered March 25th – April 5th.

The On Track Kid’s Camp is for children ages 5 to 12 and is packed with games, arts & crafts and special events. Weekly field trip packages are available too.

If your teen is looking for a great way to have fun while gaining valuable work experience, the Counselor in Training Program is the perfect opportunity. The program teaches teens ages 13 to 15 the importance of communication, teamwork and responsibility. The teens will be able to use their skills by volunteering in the On Track Kid’s Camp Program.

This year Escondido Recreation is committed to providing the same high quality programs at a new lower cost. Your child can attend the On Track Kid’s Camp or the C.I.T. Program for as low as $85 per week.  Financial assistance is available for families with low to moderate income levels through the City of Escondido’s Share a Dream Scholarship Fund. Scholarship applications are available at City Hall, the East Valley Community Center, or online.

To register, please contact Escondido Recreation at (760) 839-4382 or visit  www.recreation.escondido.org

Public Safety is a Top Priority

Public Safety has always been a top priority of mine. So I am particularly proud to say that since 2004 Escondido has seen a 29% decrease in crime. Even with that good news, my colleagues on the City Council and I remain committed to doing all we can to ensure a safe community.  I am very pleased to announce that we are now hiring more police officers to continue to aggressively fight crime.   In addition, we recently strengthened the Police executive management team by promoting two lieutenants, Craig Carter and Mike Loarie,  to Police Captain.  The community task force established last Fall to address issues in the downtown area has been very successful.  You may be assured Traffic Safety Check Points and our partnership with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are being strengthened  too.

Additional resources also are being devoted to our Fire Department.  The first group of twelve non-safety paramedics started work on February 25.  We intend to hire a second group of twelve later this Spring.  On April  19th, our seventh Fire Engine will go into service at Fire Station 6 on Del Dios Road. 

Your city government is committed to keeping Escondido a safe city for all to enjoy.

Council Action Plan for 2013- 2014

Following each election, the Escondido City Council holds a workshop to develop its Action Plan for the next two years.  The Action Plan represents the City Council’s collective vision for Escondido’s future and the strategies that will be used to achieve that vision. 

On February 27, the City Council held a nearly five-hour workshop to identify and discuss key policy goals. During that meeting, each council member was able to elaborate on their ideas for city priorities. At the conclusion of the workshop, the City Council approved the following categories (in alphabetical order) for the 2013-2014 Council Action Plan:

  • Economic Development
  • Fiscal Management
  • Neighborhood Improvement
  • Public Safety

 Over the next few months, City staff members will identify the current reality in each of those areas and develop strategies to achieve the City Council’s goals, as well as evaluation measures.  A draft of each of the four categories will be scheduled separately for City Council review.  Then a final document will be prepared by early summer for final Council approval.

I have been very pleased by the progress we have achieved through our 2011-2012 Action Plan and look forward to continued success with our new plan.  By the way, if you are interested in knowing how successful the 2011-2012 Council Action Plan was, the Council will hear a final report on it at the March 20, 2013 City Council meeting at 4:30 p.m.

Escondido to Host Small Business Seminar and Expo

Helping small businesses be successful is crucial to Escondido’s prosperity.Thriving local business  not only means services and jobs for our residents.  It also means revenue for our city for public safety, streets and improving our quality of life. 

The City of Escondido, in partnership with the State Board of Equalization and the Escondido Chamber of Commerce, will hold a Small Business Seminar and Expo on Thursday, March 7, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Boulevard.  Participants may register either online at www.boe.ca.gov/sutax/sbf.htm or by calling 1-888-847-9652

Topics will include: Avoiding Common Sales and Use Tax Problems; Forms of Ownership; Better Business through Better Records; Employee or Independent Contractor; and Marketing for Small Businesses.  In addition, representatives of the following agencies will be participating in the Expo area: California Franchise Tax Board;  Employment Development Department; Board of Equalization (Sales and Use Tax Division, Investigations Division and Special Taxes and Fees Division); Internal Revenue Service; Small Business Development Centers; California Taxpayers Rights Advocates and the Escondido Chamber of Commerce.