Voter Registration Deadline Approaching

Escondido City Clerk Diane Halverson reminds residents that Monday, October 22 is the last day to register to vote in the General Election to be held November 6, 2012.

This year Escondido residents will be voting for two Council Members and one City Treasurer.  Also on the ballot will be two propositions:

  • Proposition N – Shall the changes to the City of Escondido’s General Plan, approved by the City Council in Resolution 2012-54(R), be adopted?
  • Proposition P - Shall the City of Escondido be changed from a general law city to a charter city through the adoption of the charter proposed by Resolution 2012-99(R) of the Escondido City Council?

City Hall will remain open until midnight on Monday, October 22 to accept voter registration cards.  During regular business hours, you may register at the City Clerk’s Office.  Between 5:30 p.m. and midnight, we will be registering voters in the City Council Chambers foyer at City Hall, 201 North Broadway.

If you have moved, changed your name (due to marriage or court order), or wish to change your party affiliation since the last election, you must re-register no later than midnight, Monday, October 22.

If you have any questions concerning voter registration, please contact the Registrar of Voters Office at 858-565-5800, or the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 201 North Broadway, Escondido, 760-839-4617.

5K Pumpkin Run

Escondido Recreation is hosting the 3rd Annual 5K trail run and 1M family-friendly run/walk through scenic Kit Carson Park.  This event will take place on Sunday, October 14, 2012.  All ages are invited to attend, and encouraged to come in costume, including the dog.  Registered participants will receive an event t-shirt and goodie bag.  Youth ages 5-13 will also receive a participation medal.

Over 30 vendors and exhibitors will participate in the FREE Health and Safety Expo.  This year’s expo will also feature entertainment and demonstrations, vendors with free samples, a costume contest, prizes, food, and much more!  Proceeds benefit Escondido Recreation through the Quality of Life Fund. 

Check in starts at 7:30 a.m., race starts at 8:30 a.m.  Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are still available.  For additional information and registration, visit www.familiesonfoot.com or call (760) 839-4691.

Free Public Tours of City Hall and Police and Fire Headquarters

Did you know the City of Escondido offers free guided tours of the award- winning City Hall and the Police and Fire Headquarters buildings?  Both tours are a great way to learn more about city government operations, as well as some fun facts about the City’s history.

Completed in 1988, Escondido City Hall was awarded the prestigious Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence in 1989. The tour includes a walk through the Civic Center (interior and exterior of City Hall).  Tours of City Hall are offered on a quarterly basis on the first Thursday of January, April, July, and October. The next tour will be held on October 4, 2012 and will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the City Hall lobby, 201 N. Broadway. The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes. No reservations are required. However, school groups wishing to tour City Hall may arrange to do so by contacting the Community Services Department at 760-839-4691.

Free guided tours of the Police and Fire Headquarters, 1163 N. Centre City Parkway, are available by appointment only.   Please contact Community Service Officer Roberta Akans at 760-839-4961 or  by email at rakans@escondido.org.

September is National Preparedness Month

As we approach the start of fire season, the Escondido Fire Department asks you to click on the “Pledge to Prepare” banner on the department’s webpage www.fire.escondido.org and join the National Preparedness Coalition.  Please take the time to “Pledge to Prepare” by taking the following actions:

  1. Make a plan
  2. Have a kit
  3. Be informed
  4. Get involved

A good place to begin preparing is by writing a family emergency plan. Your plan should include every member of your household – including pets!

  • Learn the likely threats in your area; in Escondido, they are wildland fire and earthquakes.
  • Identify family meeting places outside your home and neighborhood.
  • Designate an out-of-town contact as it may be easier for a long distance call/ text message to get through than a local one.
  • Know alternate routes out of your neighborhood in case your “usual way” is impassable.
  • Know the location of home utilities.
  • Know the emergency policies of your work and children’s schools.
  • Identify safe spots in each room of your home or office to take cover.
  • Consider stocking extra medications and provisions for family members and pets.
  • Schedule an annual disaster drill to test your plan.

For additional emergency planning information, visit www.ready.gov.