Nominations Being Sought for City Council Awards

Each year at the State of the City meeting, the Escondido City Council recognizes individuals who have improved the quality of life in the community through volunteer service. Nominations now are being solicited for these awards.  Since 1992, approximately 200 people have been honored for their dedication to causes that include health care, neighborhood revitalization, youth and senior activities, the arts, education, heroism, literacy and many more.

If you know of an Escondido resident who has made a significant impact to the community, please obtain a City Council Awards nomination form by calling the City Manager’s Office (760-839-4631) or you may download a copy from the City’s web site:

Categories include, but are not limited to: Arts, Business, Charity, Community Beautification, Diversity, Education, Environment, Heroism, Historic Preservation, and Youth.  The deadline for nomination is 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16, 2013.

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 presentation on Wednesday, February 20, 2013.

Grand Opening of Fire Station #4

The Grand Opening of Escondido Fire Station No. 4, located at 3301 Bear Valley Parkway, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 15, 2012.  The event is free and open to the public.

A Dedication Ceremony for the station will include comments by Mayor Sam Abed and Fire Chief Mike Lowry, as well as a “push in” ceremony, an old fire service tradition of pushing the fire apparatus into the station. Officially known as a “housing ceremony,” this tradition dates back to the 19th century when apparatus was horse drawn.  Following the ceremony guided tours of the new station will be available until noon.

The rebuild, which cost $2.6 million, will more than double the size of the station from 2,500 square feet to 5,700 square feet. The station hasn't been upgraded since it opened in 1978. Fire Station 4, which is on the edge of Kit Carson Park, has been closed since a mold infestation was discovered in May 2010. The station's firefighters worked out of a nearby retirement community until August 2011, when the retirement community ended their lease and they moved to Fire Station 6.

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 positives 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 .

'Tis the Season!

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

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting & Winter Wonderland

California Center for the Arts, Escondido

Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 3-8 p.m.

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, Victorian carolers, art activities, costumed entertainers, a special visit with the man from up North, and a playground filled with snow! 

Escondido Jaycees 62nd  Annual Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 8, 2012

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  “A California Christmas”.

Christmas on Maple

Saturday, December 8, 2012

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Maple Street Plaza In Downtown

Highlights  include holiday vendors, a visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus and Photo Op, Cookie Decorating, Caroling, Live Entertainment with Holiday Dance Performances, Children’s Christmas stories, and Santa’s Mailbox. Salvation Army Food Drive collection boxes will be ready to accept your donations of canned food. Please bring at least one canned good to donate. For more information go to