July 18, 2019

Volunteers Refurbish ADA Cabin at Lake Dixon
On Sunday, July 14 volunteers from the Escondido Sunrise Rotary worked to paint the exterior and interior of the ADA accessible cabin, located in the Dixon Lake camping area. In addition to paint improvements, the group provided all new furniture for the unit. Thank you Escondido Sunrise Rotary!Escondido City Employee Wins Award for Invention
Kudos to Escondido wastewater employee Joseph Lucero for his innovation and award from the California Water Environment Association. His innovative device has improved efficiencies and safety at our Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility. Read more about Joseph’s creation and award by clicking the image below.Skate Spot Community Meeting
Help design the new Washington Park skate spot! During this meeting residents can learn more about the project and share ideas. The meeting will be on Saturday, July 27 from 1-3 p.m. in the Washington Park Rec Building.U.S. Agriculture Secretary visits Escondido’s Rancho Guejito Avocado Farm
Sonny Perdue, Agriculture Secretary made a visit to San Diego County Monday, July 15 to tour local businesses and participate in a signing ceremony for the Trump Administration’s Pledge to America's Workers Initiative. Read more about his visit here. A tweet from the Secretary is below.

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July 11, 2019

What is Your Vision for the Escondido Creek Trail?
As part of the City’s commitment to re-imagining the Escondido Creek Trail as a recreational and environmental asset, the City is applying for an $8.5 million Proposition 68 funding grant.

It is very important that ideas for how to improve the Escondido Creek Trail come from the community, so your involvement and engagement will play a major role in determining the success of the application. We will be holding a number of community meetings this month to gather that input. Click the image below for the meeting schedule. The first set of meetings start today, July 11. To take a survey and for more information, visit: www.escondido.org/ECT.aspxWashington Park Grand Re-Opening
Celebrate Parks and Recreation Month by joining us next Saturday, July 20 for the Grand Re-Opening of Washington Park. This free event will be fun for the whole family, and will include games, prizes, tours, food vendors and more! Washington Park is located at 501 N. Rose Street.Art, Wine, Brew, and Food Festival this Weekend!
Inspire: Art, Wine, Brew, Food is happening on Saturday, July 13 in historic downtown Escondido's Heritage Garden. Get your tickets now and choose "Friends of MAGEC" to receive a $5 discount. This event is hosted by ArtHatch.
ArtHatch provides affordable, juried exhibition and working studio space for local artists, and free exhibition space, art supplies, studio space, and education for teen artists.Click the image for more information and tickets.

Kit Carson Park Amphitheater Request for Proposals
The Kit Carson Amphitheater is a hidden gem within the City of Escondido’s Kit Carson Park. It’s a full-service performance venue with a beautiful outdoor setting that is perfect for a variety of outdoor shows and unique special events.
The City of Escondido is inviting individuals, performing arts groups, and theater management and production companies to submit qualifications and proposals for an incredible opportunity to make the City’s amphitheater home to their organization. The City’s goal is to establish a License and Operating Agreement with a qualified firm to provide comprehensive management and daily operational services. This will create an opportunity for restoration of the amphitheater, and the provision of valuable community programs, services, and activities that the City is not able to provide.
It is important to the City and is a condition of the RFP, that the amphitheater continues to be utilized in part by community organizations for community events. Further, the City seeks proposals that will commit a capital investment that will improve the amphitheater, making it a state of the art facility and a destination location in North County. The amphitheater is a tremendous asset for our community, and we look forward to helping to achieve its full potential.
To review the RFP please go the City’s website at https://www.escondido.org/purchasing.aspx, under Request for Proposals.

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June 27, 2019

Escondido 56th Annual Independence Day Festival
Join us for Escondido’s 56th Annual Independence Day Festival & Fireworks in Grape Day Park next Thursday, July 4.  This free community event features live music by Anthony “Fallbrook Kid” CullinsRosa’s Cantina, and UPSTREAM. Enjoy fabulous food trucks lined up along Broadway Avenue, and children’s activities, and games for everyone to enjoy, including inflatable activities by Wow Factor Attractions and extraordinary chalk art workshops by Cecelia Lanayao. Be sure to stop by SoCal Pro Wrestling’s ring to watch four different match-ups throughout the day.  Finally, the festivities will conclude with a special performance by the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band and, of course, a dazzling fireworks display starting at 9 pm. You won’t want to miss this annual North County tradition!

Escondido Fire Department Assists with Palm Tree Rescue
Last week the Escondido Fire Department provided assistance to San Marcos with a palm tree rescue on the boarder of San Marcos and Carlsbad. The nature of the location makes this kind of rescue challenging: the victim is stuck under a frond skirt that had fallen on him while he was working about 40 feet in the air. The tactics used are to get a rescuer to the victim to support help relieve the weight and to get rescuers above the skirt to cut apart the skirt and then get the victim down. This requires the use of a large aerial ladder which is why Escondido was called for mutual aid. Firefighters from the three departments worked together to bring the trapped worker down safely. He was injured from the ordeal (trapped for over an hour) but he will be fine.

This rescue highlights the value of having well-trained personnel across the region and the equipment that allows them to perform when a complex emergency occurs. Read more about the rescue by clicking the image below. 

Summer Movies in the Park Returns this Weekend
Join your friends and neighbors at Grape Day Park Saturday night for the first night of the “Movies in the Park” series. Enjoy four beautiful summer evenings in Grape Day Park, while catching outdoor movies that are perfect for the whole family.  The fun begins at 7 p.m. with a variety of children’s activities, as well as a snack bar.

  • Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 7 p.m. - How to Train Your Dragon
  • Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 7 p.m. - Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 7 p.m. - Smallfoot
  • Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019 - p.m. - Spiderman - Into the Spiderverse

Bring a blanket or low-back chairs for seating and your own food, if you wish.  The movies begin at dusk.  All children must be accompanied by an adult. “Movies in the Park” is sponsored by the Escondido History Center and the City of Escondido Recreation Division.Escondido Youth Baseball Regional Champions!
Both of our Escondido Youth Baseball 12u All Star teams qualified for this year’s regional finals.  The two teams played each other for the San Diego North Region title. The winning team will now compete this weekend in the San Diego Region Champions. Go EYB! Five Suits Brewing Coming to Grand Avenue
Five Suits Brewing has leased a storefront on Grand Avenue and will specialize in craft beer, their 14,000-square-foot building will also house a boutique distillery and meadery, plus a kitchen serving tacos and Mexican street food. Read more in the San Diego Union-Tribune article here: https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/entertainment/beer/story/2019-06-20/more-than-a-brewery-five-suits-plans-one-stop-shop-for-craft-beer-spirits-mead-and-mexican-street-food

Cal Club Courtyard Unveiled at the Art Center
On Wednesday, June 26 The California Center for the Arts, Escondido held a Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for their newly transformed Cal Club Courtyard. Many hours of volunteer labor and creative planning were poured into the beautiful transformation of the Cal Club Courtyard. City staff partnered with the team to ensure the long term success of this space. Thank you to all who donated and volunteered to make this vision become a reality. 

Save the Date: Career Fair Comes to the Library Next Month

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June 20, 2019

Join the New Community Advisory Groups
Participants are needed to help facilitate the City Council's vision for a highly engaged community representing diverse opinions, backgrounds, and demographics that will come together in a grassroots effort to discuss issues affecting Escondido. These participants will offer recommendations that, in partnership with the City and with support from the community, can address our collective challenges. Five Community Advisory Groups have been identified and are now accepting participants. To learn more about these groups or to sign up, click the image below. 

180-Foot Mural Depicting Escondido's History Unveiled
On Tuesday, June 18, a mural entitled "The Wall Speaks, A Cultural Walk Through Escondido," was unveiled at the Escondido Community Child Development Center (ECCDC) Lorraine Boyce campus on 9th Avenue. Local artists Leslie Mayer and Cindy Peters painted the 180-foot mural depicting Escondido history and culture. The project was made possible with various grants including City of Escondido CDBG funds. Mayor Paul McNamara, Deputy Mayor Consuelo Martinez, Council Member Mike Morasco and various City staff attended the ceremony. The artists will be receiving a proclamation at the July 17 City Council Meeting.NBC San Diego was on site for the ribbon cutting event. View the video here:
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Escondido Gets Two New Traffic Signals
New traffic signals at Valley Parkway/Date Street, and El Norte Parkway/Fig Street are nearly complete.  They wll be energized and fully functional during July.  Both signals will improve conditions and safety at these intersections. Climate Action Plan Update
The City continues to make progress on updating the Climate Action Plan (CAP.) Currently, the project team is refining strategies based on community feedback and running calculations on potential greenhouse gas reduction measures that would improve energy efficiency and promote renewable energy throughout the community. Based on our work to date, preliminary strategies suggest moving forward with a technical study to see if Community Choice Energy (CCE) is a viable option.  CCE programs are local, not-for-profit governmental programs that purchase electrical power on behalf of its residents and businesses.  The primary objective of a CCE is to give communities a choice in energy providers and offer a greater proportion of renewable energy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
On June 12, 2019, the City Council approved the FY2019/2020 operating budget, which includes among other things, an allocation to prepare the CCE technical study to see If it is feasible in Escondido.  In consideration of this, City staff is looking to partner with other jurisdictions and jointly solicit bids from consultants to work on the study over the next few months.  Aside from the advantage of sharing the cost of the study, more partners means a broader foundation on which to spread overhead expenses and risk.  It also can allow for a more diversified portfolio of product offerings.  The City of Vista City Council is considering a partnership with Escondido on June 25, 2019.  The City of Escondido City Council will likewise consider the scope of the RFP/study in July or August.  All participating jurisdictions must approve the scope of the RFP/study before asking consultants to submit proposals.  While this early CCE work progresses during the course of the summer, the second phase of outreach related to the CAP update is expected to occur at the end of summer.

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