Police Explorer Recruitment Drive

The Escondido Police Department will host a “Recruitment Drive” for young men and women between the ages of 16-20 who are interested in becoming volunteer Police Explorers.  The event will be held on Monday, June 4th at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Police and Fire Headquarters, 1163 N. Centre City Parkway.   

For young men and women interested in the field of law enforcement or criminal justice, the Explorers program offers a realistic view of what the job is all about. Explorers receive hands-on training on subjects such as traffic control, enforcement stops, interviewing witnesses, and conducting investigations into serious crimes.   Explorers also participate in special events such as Sobriety Checkpoints, security at sporting events, and alcohol enforcement details.  During monthly ride-alongs Explorers use the police radio, assist with paper work and directly participate in most calls for service. 

Once accepted into the program, Police Explorers are required to attend two meetings, one special event, and one patrol ride along per month.  This is a total of approximately 20-25 hours per month of volunteer work.   Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month and attendance is mandatory.

For more information, please contact Lt. Neal Griffin, 760-839-4703.

Do You Have Plans For Memorial Day Weekend?

Over the years, the original meaning and spirit of Memorial Day has faded from the public consciousness. Originally known as “Decoration Day”, Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.  You can remember those who paid the price for our freedoms by attending a Memorial Day Remembrance Service at Oak Hill Memorial Park, 2640 Glenridge Road, on Monday, May 28, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. The remembrance is sponsored by the Escondido Allied Veterans Council.

In addition to this solemn observance of Memorial Day, you may also want to consider another event that has become a Memorial Day Weekend tradition in Escondido: the American Heritage Car Show sponsored by the Escondido History Center.  This year’s event will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in Grape Day Park in downtown Escondido. Admission to the event is free.

The American Heritage Car Show will feature hundreds of domestic and import pre-'74 vintage, classic, muscle and hot rod cars. The event will include a DJ, a pancake breakfast, museum tours, vendors, refreshments, and a raffle.

Second Public Hearing on Charter City

The Escondido City Council will hold the second public hearing on the proposed Charter City ballot measure on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at the 6:00 p.m. City Council meeting. A copy of the draft charter may be found on the City’s website at http://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/PDFs/CC_Proposal.PDF

As part of the public hearing, the City Council requested that staff evaluate and bring back alternative forms of electing the mayor and city council for possible inclusion in the City Charter. Options to be reviewed include, among others, district elections, cumulative voting, run-off style elections and other options to the current at-large system of electing the Mayor and City Councilmembers.

The Escondido City Council currently plans to place a charter city proposal on the November 2012 ballot to change the governing system from a general law city to a charter city.  In California, there are two kinds of cities: charter cities and general law cities. Of the 477 cities in the state, 105 are chartered. Both kinds of cities have broad powers and enjoy considerable freedom in the form of government, which may be established, and the types of activities in which they may engage.

The first public hearing was held on April 18, 2012.

Keep Escondido in Top Shape

Improving the community’s appearance is a high priority of the City Council.  You can help our efforts to maintain an attractive city by reporting graffiti vandalism, potholes, burned out street lights, abandoned shopping carts, and code violations such as illegal garage conversions and properties with tall weeds, etc.   The sooner our dedicated staff members are notified about these issues, the sooner they can respond and we will all enjoy a cleaner, safer, more attractive city.  Here are a variety of ways to report problems:

Phone:

Pre-program you phone with the following numbers:

  • 760-839-4650 to report code violations
  • 760-839-4349 to report potholes
  • 760-839-4633 to report graffiti
  • Or call 760-839-4668 and select from a menu of options to report the problem you see:
    • Graffiti
    • Potholes
    • Street light outages
    • Abandoned shopping carts
    • Dead animal removal
    • City Irrigation Leak
    • Overgrown Vegetation
    • Traffic Signal Malfunction
  • You can also use your smart phone to report graffiti and potholes by downloading the Escondido, Report It App. For more information visit http://www.escondido.org/escondido-report-it.aspx

E-Services:

Visit http://www.escondido.org/e-services.aspx to fill out an online form to report a variety of issues including, potholes, graffiti, and code enforcement violations.