Grand Opening of Palomar Medical Center

The Grand Opening of the new Palomar Medical Center will take place on Saturday, July 28, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Get an up-close and personal look as you tour this technologically advanced facility with all private patient rooms, beautiful gardens designed to promote healing, surgical suites built to optimize clinical excellence and emergency rooms created to maximize life-saving efficiency. Activities include:

  • Self-Guided Tours
  • Interactive Central Stage
  • Technology Demonstrations
  • Free Food
  • Taste of North County (6– 8 p.m.)
  • Live Music
  • Activities for Kids
  • Free Health Screening & Exhibits

Free screenings include: Blood pressure, body composition, grip strength, skin assessment, stroke risk, and many more! The San Diego Blood Bank will also be available to accept your generous donation to help save a life.

Event parking at the hospital site will only be available to disabled guests with handicapped placards. Free round-trip shuttle transportation will be available from parking lots located at Palomar Health San Marcos (120 Craven Road) and Cal State University San Marcos (333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road). For more information visit:

San Luis Rey Water Rights Agreement

More than a century ago, the federal government allowed Escondido and the Vista Irrigation District (VID) to build facilities that diverted approximately 90 percent of the San Luis Rey River away from the La Jolla, Rincon, San Pasqual, Pauma and Pala tribal bands.  After years of litigation that began in 1969, all parties entered into settlement negotiations which resulted in the San Luis Rey Indian Water Rights Settlement Act.  Under this act, the federal government contributes 16,000 acre-feet of supplemental water imported from outside the San Luis Rey watershed, as well as other benefits.  In a historic example of collaboration, on April 25, 2012, the Bands and Escondido and the VID notified the U.S. Attorney General and the Secretary of the Interior that they had made the settlement agreement required by the Settlement Act.  However, under the terms of the Act, neither the supplemental water nor other benefits can be made available to the Bands, Escondido and Vista unless the settlement is formally approved by the federal government.  This has not yet happened. 

I encourage you to contact our federal legislators, Senator Barbara Boxer, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and Congressman Brian Bilbray requesting their help in approving this win-win agreement. To obtain their contact information, please visit

Resident Communications Survey

The City of Escondido communicates with residents in a variety of ways. Our Web site, , not only has detailed information about our departments and programs, it is also updated regularly with the latest City news and events. We send information out via utility bill stuffers, newsletters and e-newsletters. Our Recreation Division publishes a guide that includes all our recreation programs, plus City news and event announcements. Local government access TV channels 19 (Cox) and 99 (AT&T U-verse) broadcast our City Council meetings and show important City bulletins. And the list goes on.

With all these different means of communication, it can be difficult to know what’s working and what’s not, and how residents really want to receive, and provide, information to the City. In order to solicit feedback from our residents, we are conducting a survey about City communications. The survey is online at and is also available in hard copy at our public facilities. We want to know how residents most wish to receive information from the City, and perhaps more importantly, how they wish to communicate information to us. If you live in Escondido, please take the time to provide feedback to us so we can better serve you.

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 City Hall and around its exterior.  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 July 5, 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