Council Action Plan for 2017-2019

Following each election, the Escondido City Council holds a workshop to develop its Action Plan for the next two years.  The Action Plan represents the City Council’s collective vision for Escondido’s future and the strategies that will be used to achieve that vision. 

On February 15, 2017, the City Council will hold a public workshop at 12:30 p.m. in the Mitchell Room at City Hall to identify and discuss key policy goals. During that meeting, council members will share their ideas for city priorities. Once the priorities have been identified, City staff members will identify the current reality in each of those areas and develop strategies to achieve the City Council’s goals, as well as evaluation measures.  Then a final document will be prepared for final Council approval.

I have been very pleased by the progress we have achieved through our last Action Plan and look forward to continued success with our new plan. 

Escondido Chocolate Festival!

Bring your sweetheart or just your sweet tooth to the Downtown Business Association's "For the Love of Chocolate Festival” on February 11, 2017.   Enjoy the best of downtown’s shops and spas while sampling locally brewed beer and wines, paired with San Diego's finest chocolates from 1-5 p.m.

The Perfect Pairing price is $35 when purchased by 5 p.m. on February 10 and $45 after that. The ticket for a designated driver (no alcohol but will enjoy the other tastings) is $20 until 5 p.m. on February 10, and $30 after that. Tickets can be purchased at the event website or at “Will Call” on Maple Street Plaza on the day of the event. Portions of the proceeds from this event will be used to promote Historic Downtown Escondido as a shopping, dining and entertainment destination.

The Escondido Art Walk, which is held every 2nd Saturday of each month will also be a part of the festivities. Several galleries and museums will feature various art exhibits from both world-renown and emerging artists. The Art Walk is free to the public.


I will be presenting my Annual State of the City address on Wednesday morning, February 22, 2017 at the Conference Center of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. 

The event is co-sponsored by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce and will be begin with an optional breakfast at 7:30 a.m. followed by the program at 8:00 a.m.  The program will include awards to outstanding community volunteers as well as my address. 

The optional breakfast is available for $20 per person.  To make your reservation for breakfast, please register online at  or contact the City Manager’s Office at 760-839-4631.   The deadline to reserve breakfast is 5:00 p.m. on February 17, 2017.  Persons wishing to attend the program may do so at no cost, if they are not eating breakfast.  If you would like information about sponsoring a table, please contact the Escondido Chamber of Commerce, 760-745-2125. 

I hope to see you there!


Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a national holiday honoring one of the most influential and iconic leaders of the civil rights movement. It is celebrated each year on the third Monday of January, near his birthday of January 15th. 

The holiday was signed into law in January 1983 by President Ronald Reagan and it was first observed three years later.  In his proclamation speech, President Reagan noted,  "This year marks the first observance of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a national holiday. It is a time for rejoicing and reflecting. We rejoice because, in his short life, Dr. King, by his preaching, his example, and his leadership, helped to move us closer to the ideals on which America was founded. . . . He challenged us to make real the promise of America as a land of freedom, equality, opportunity, and brotherhood." 

Today, while many of us are enjoying a day off from work, let us remember the meaning behind the King holiday: to honor the total legacy of Dr. King, to focus on the issue of civil rights, one of the founding principles of our great nation.