Each year at the State of the City meeting, the Escondido City Council recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to improve the quality of life in Escondido through volunteer service. Nominations now are being solicited for these awards. 

We encourage the general public to submit nominations of qualified members of the community for consideration. Award nomination forms can be obtained by calling the City Manager’s Office (760-839-4631) or by downloading  a copy from the City’s web site:

Categories include: Arts, Business, Community, Education, Public Safety, Historic Preservation, and Youth.  The deadline for nomination is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.

A sub-committee of the City Council will review all nominations and make its final selection in early February.  The awards will be presented at the Annual State of the City Address on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

Dine Out Escondido! Restaurant Week

I’m pleased to announce that Visit Escondido, in partnership with over 28 fantastic local restaurants, will present “Dine Out Escondido!” from January 22nd through the 28th. In its fourth successful year, this important economic program continues to grow, adding new locations each year. 

In conjunction with Visit California’s January “California Restaurant Month,” Escondido will leverage the vast reach of the statewide program, which represents over forty cities and has a robust marketing reach of over 70 million impressions through its website, social media, and advertising efforts. 

Everyone can savor the diverse culinary flavors of Escondido during “Dine Out Escondido!” by taking advantage of this opportunity to visit their favorite eateries, discover many new ones, and enjoy the creativity of Escondido’s fantastic chefs and restauranteurs. 

 Each restaurant is ready to welcome you! For a complete list of participating restaurants and their specials, please go to


If a fresh, green Christmas tree is part of your holiday tradition, the City of Escondido provides two free, convenient ways to recycle. After removing its decorations, cut the tree into 4-foot lengths and place it in your green-waste recycling cart one day after your regular collection day. (Due to Christmas Day and New Year’s Day both falling on Sundays, residential trash collection will be delayed one day during both of those weeks.) Curbside collection of Christmas trees runs through January 13, 2017.

Another option is to take your whole tree to Jesmond Dene Park, at the north end of town (2401 N. Broadway), or to Kit Carson Park, at the south end (3333 Bear Valley Parkway). Christmas tree recycling will be available at these parks from December 27, 2016 through January 15, 2017. And, speaking of recycling, we recommend you save and reuse ribbon, gift bags and uncrushed paper. Reusing materials is just another form of recycling. Unfold extra cardboard boxes so they’re easier to store, or pass them along to a friend who’s moving.

Remember, every time we reduce, reuse or recycle, we lessen the load going to the landfill. And that saves money and natural resources.

Happy Holidays

This time of year is a special time of celebration, reflection, and looking forward. I want to take this opportunity to wish every Escondido resident a very happy holiday season, and a healthy and prosperous 2017.  

During this holiday season, let us be thankful for this special community in which we live.  Escondido is a great city with an excellent quality of life and strong sense of community. The progress we have made over the past few years has been exceptional and Escondido is once again an exciting place to live, and to plan a future.

It is an honor and privilege for me to serve as your mayor and I look forward to working with our residents, businesses  and my colleagues on the City Council in the coming year.