Escondido's Traffic Signal Control System

You might not give much thought to how traffic signals work, but the City of Escondido does. We have a reliable, real-time, effective and flexible traffic signal control system for 170 intersections within the City limits. Each signalized intersection has a computerized signal controller that runs timing programs for that intersection. These timing programs are designed to consider the peak traffic periods and intersection conditions of each intersection. Our traffic signals are grouped to coordinate with other adjacent signals in corridors of traffic signals. Flexibility is built into the programing to respond to the presence of vehicles and pedestrians, but some corridors are given more priority than others. These groups are then connected to central workstations from which City staff can observe all traffic signals, but they only control the timing for City signals (148 of the 170). Each of the corridors is set up to allow a smooth flow of vehicles, but many conditions can disrupt this flow. These conditions include pedestrians crossing the street, parades, the Sprinter, emergency vehicles, and corridors ending/starting at signals the City cannot control, i.e., Caltrans signals.

As a result of this system, traffic generally flows smoothly around town. But be assured that we continually monitor and look for ways to improve our service and keep you moving!

Escondido Recreation Partners with PAL

The Escondido Recreation Division has partnered with the Escondido Police Athletic League (PAL) to take youth basketball to a new level! Focusing on creating a feeder program for the already existing PAL competitive club basketball team, Sergeant Allen Owens saw a natural fit to partner with Escondido Recreation to provide youth basketball once again in Escondido. 

This partnership has allowed Escondido Recreation to provide four basketball seasons over the past two years that has served more than 400 Escondido youth. PAL has donated uniforms, equipment and most importantly more than 200 volunteer hours to coach, score keep and mentor these young athletes.

Through these recreational programs, this partnership has done an outstanding job of creating a sense of strong community Escondido. The Police Officer involvement in youth sports has created a bridge between law enforcement and the community members to ensure Escondido is a safe place to live, work, and play!

For more information regarding more Escondido Recreation programs including youth and adult sports, classes, camps for kids and much more, please visit us online at

New Dining Opportunities in Escondido

We have some new restaurants in Escondido, bringing new dining opportunities to our city along with private investment and jobs. The most recent addition, Jersey Mike’s Subs, started as one small sub shop on the Jersey Shore back in the 1950s and has grown into a national chain. Their amazing growth hasn’t affected quality -- all their subs are served on bread baked fresh each day.

Another is Five Guys Burgers, which opened last month. They also started as a small operation on the east coast decades ago, and have since expanded to hundreds of locations nationwide. The Washington Post calls Five Guys “the Willy Wonkas of Burgercraft.”

Downtown Escondido has many unique restaurants, and some new ones have recently established themselves along Grand Avenue. The California Avocado Grill’s menu is inspired by the avocado. The Grand, which opened in December, offers locally-inspired cuisine and a martini lounge.

We are anticipating the spring opening of Vintana, the newest Cohn restaurant located at the Lexus Centre. The view from the dining room is spectacular. Stay tuned for two more new restaurants opening this year at Westfield North County as part of their full-scale renovation and expansion.

For more restaurants go to  and enjoy working your way through the list!

City Council Award Winners

Congratulations to the following Escondido residents who were honored at the annual State of the City meeting on February 8, 2012 as recipients of the 2012 City Council Awards for their outstanding volunteer efforts:

Name: Carina Courtright
Field: Arts

Name: Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap
Field: Business

Name: Assistance League of Inland North County
Field: Charity

Name: Cole Preston and Michael Rosenburg
Field: Community Beautification

Name: Michael Rosenburg
Field: Community Beautification 

Name: Escondido Mounted Posse
Field: Community Spirit

Name: Carol Rea
Field: Historic Preservation

Name: Wayne Louth
Field: Patriotism

Name: Jose Jimenez
Field: Youth Leadership