Neighborhood Spring Cleaning

The City of Escondido is gearing up for spring with some major spring cleaning.

Each year since 2006, between April and September, Neighborhood Services Division holds free cleanups for organized neighborhood groups in CDBG eligible areas with in the City’s core. To date there are 15 organized neighborhood groups in Escondido. These cleanups provide a great benefit to Escondido as a whole by improving the overall appearance and cleanliness of the City.

During these cleanups, neighborhood residents’ work together to clean up trash and debris from alleys, front yards, streets and gutters; dramatically changing the appearance of their neighborhoods. Neighborhood Services provides the dumpsters, trash bags and pickers and the residents do the rest!

Events like these are a great opportunity for residents in Escondido’s core to come together to clean up the City’s image one neighborhood at a time. Thus, we all benefit from a cleaner Escondido!

If you would like more information about Neighborhood Cleanups or Neighborhood Services contact Rich Buquet, Neighborhood Services manager at (760) 839-4579 or

Countdown to Cruisin' Grand!

Next Friday, March 30th, hundreds of classic cars will return once again to the streets of Downtown Escondido to kick off another exciting season of Cruisin’ Grand! We are so proud to have one of the greatest ongoing traditions in San Diego County in our city. Cruisin’ Grand brings thousands of visitors to Escondido every Friday night throughout the summer. It’s an affordable, family-friendly event that appeals to people of all ages, and it is a wonderful way to showcase our historic downtown. Even people who aren’t classic car enthusiasts will enjoy strolling along Grand Avenue, stopping in for a bite at one of our many restaurants and people-watching on those warm summer nights. Each Friday night, awards are given to the most impressive pre-1973, American-made cars. Theme nights include “Fire Truck Night”, “Nitro Night” and “AFX Night.” Cruisin’ Grand runs from 5-9 p.m. every Friday from March 30 to September 28 along Grand Avenue in historic Downtown Escondido. If you’ve never been there, don’t miss it this season! And for those die-hard fans that are already polishing their classic cars, we look forward to seeing you again! For more information and a schedule of events, visit .

April Pool's Day

Did you know that drowning is the leading cause of injury death for San Diego County children between the ages of one to four years old, with about 70 percent of these drownings occurring in residential swimming pools and spas?  Drowning is preventable. 

Escondido Recreation is hosting an "April Pools Day" event on Saturday, April 7th at Washington Park Pool to kick off May as National Drowning Prevention month.

"April Pools Day" is a FREE Water Safety Event promoting water safety for all ages! Activities include a free swim lesson (at 9:00 a.m. sharp), the opportunity to swim with a Navy Seal, and real lifesaving techniques. Escondido Lifeguards and Fire Department will demonstrate a water rescue and there will be a safety fair for participants to gather information about pool safety.

You will not want to miss "April Pools Day" in Escondido! The safety event will run from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m., following a tight schedule. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Don't be late, space is limited!

For more information call 760-839-4204, see you there!

Escondido's Business Retention Program

A couple of weeks ago, my message focused on new businesses establishing in Escondido. We are thrilled to have new restaurants, new innovative startups and a new microbrewery locate in the City. But while business attraction is important, retention of established businesses continues to be among our top priorities. Since last fall, I have had the pleasure of conducting almost a dozen personal visits to Escondido businesses. From large retail stores to small manufacturing firms, the visits have been both educational and rewarding for me. And based on the feedback I’ve received, they’ve been valuable to the businesses as well. Nothing compares to speaking face to face with the passionate owner of a company. As a long-time business owner myself, I know entrepreneurship is challenging. Connecting with our businesses community on a personal level tells our companies that the City is invested in their success, and assures them that they have the support they need to thrive.

If you would like to learn more about the business retention program in Escondido, go to . There you’ll find resources including business licensing information, fee deferrals and incentives for businesses and how to schedule a visit with city officials. I’m looking forward to meeting with many more businesses in the coming months.