January 11, 2018


Storm Update
During heavy rains the Public Works department assembles a crew called “Rain Patrol” to address issues that arise due to the weather. Rain Patrol monitors known hot spots for flooding/drainage problems, drives main thoroughfares, and responds to weather related problems. Our Rain Patrol crew consists of a 2-person tree crew, 2 on a Vactor truck, 4 driving main thoroughfares, and one Supervisor coordinating with Police dispatch. The Rain Patrol was kept busy during this past week’s storm clearing downed trees, improving drainage and removing debris. 

Students Artwork Featured in City Report
As previously reported, City Planning staff conducted a visioning exercise and art lesson with 5th graders at Central Elementary.  After a group discussion about planning and land use, the students envisioned and shared ideas on what they would like to see develop on some vacant lots around their school.  Their artwork can now be seen in the draft plan here: https://www.escondido.org/south-centre-city-area-plan.aspx 

Finance Earns Prestigious Award!
Beginning this past fiscal year, the City revamped the Annual Operating Budget (AOB) to improve its use for all interested parties.  We are excited that that the City’s 2017-18 AOB document was awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).  In order to receive this award, the AOB had to meet several nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation, which are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communications device.  This award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting and reflects the City’s ongoing goal of providing a document that is useful both internally and externally.  

Crusin Grand Fundraiser
Downtown Escondido 

Cruisin' Grand Escondido is excited to get the 2018 season underway with "The 2018 Grand Champion Fundraiser," their first event of the year, this Sunday January 14th from 8:00am to 1:00pm. This is a rain or shine event, free to the public attendees, but a paid event for showing a car.  Opening night of the regular season for Cruisin' Grand Escondido is Friday April 6th.

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January 4, 2018


Progress on East Valley Parkway Widening
The bridge foundation has now been completed. If all goes as planned, the contractor will place all three sections of the precast bridge deck via crane this week. This milestone which has been months in the making will change the look of the bridge in a single day.


Congratulations to Our Art Center! 

Marijuana Regulations
Recent state law regarding commercial cannabis/marijuana businesses enacted by voters with the passage of Proposition 64 (Adult Use of Marijuana Act) in 2016 is now effective with the start of the new year.  The law requires commercial cannabis businesses to obtain both state and local licenses or permits prior to commencing retail, manufacturing or cultivation operations.  While several local cities are considering establishing cannabis manufacturing or cultivation regulations, retail cannabis sales are only permitted in the City of San Diego.  The City of Escondido already has an ordinance prohibiting all medical-related cannabis businesses.  The City Council will consider an amendment to the Zoning Code in February to expand that prohibition to all cannabis-related businesses, including those authorized under Proposition 64. 

The City Welcome’s our New City Libraian!

Patricia Crosby strives for excellent customer service, community engagement, and "getting to yes” with extensive experience partnering with local governments, community organizations, and private businesses. 

Patricia’s background includes over 20 years of public library service with varied and innovative experience from the private sector and volunteer activities.  Welcome to Escondido, Patricia! 

A Successful 2017 at the Library


Volunteers Needed to Serve on All Boards and Commissions
Applications are being accepted for the following: Building Advisory & Appeals Board, Community Services Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, Library Board of Trustees, Personnel Board of Review, Planning Commission, Public Art Commission, and Transportation & Community Safety Commission. For information on qualifications or to apply, please contact the Escondido City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway, by calling 760-839-4617 or visiting http://www.escondido.org/city-clerks-office.aspx 

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December 21, 2017

Happy Holidays from the City of Escondido
Escondido wishes our community a happy holiday season! Thank you for continually making our city a great place to live, work and play! Check out some of the holiday festivities that occur in Escondido via the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58kX5ta1fvE 

Harmony Grove Channel Cleanup
On Wednesday December 13, Discount Hauling & Cleanup Services was contracted to remove approximately 20 abandoned homeless encampments within the Harmony Grove channel area. Public Works staff, with assistance from Escondido Police Department COPPS unit and 5 Discount Hauling staff removed 60+ cubic yards of trash and 18 abandoned shopping carts in one day.


TransPower Secures Investment from Meritor
Escondido based TransPower, a company that specializes in converting large commercial vehicles to electric power, has secured an investment from Meritor to accelerate their development of electric vehicle solutions. This is a great opportunity for employee expansion and growth in Escondido. link here

East Valley Community Center Closure
Due to the City of Escondido's observance of the holidays as well as annual maintenance to the gym floors, the East Valley Community Center, located at 2245 East Valley Parkway, will be closed on Sunday, December 24th through Monday, January 1st.The Community Center will reopen on Tuesday, January 2nd for normal business hours. 

For information call 760-839-4382 or visit the website at www.recreation.escondido.org

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December 14, 2017


Lilac Fire – THANK YOU Firefighters & First Responders
On 12/07/17 the Lilac Fire started in the Bonsall/Fallbrook area of North County. The City of Escondido was able to help support the fight against this  very destructive fire, by allowing CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 1 to  use  Kit Carson Park as the Incident Command Post  and Base Camp for all the fire resources until yesterday when they packed up. The fire is currently 95% contained and remains at 4,100 acres.

Escondido’s A-List Winners!
The San Diego A-List features more than 8,076 businesses competing for title of San Diego's best. This year Escondido showcased over 30 businesses entered for consumer voting in five categories: Museums/Arts, Foodies, Other Things To Do, Wineries, and Breweries. Escondido won big with seven First Place winners and eleven winners in the Top 5 of their respective categories, competing in some cases, with as many as 60 other businesses in one category. http://visitescondido.com/12393/san-diegos-a-list-vote-escondido/  

City Employees Give Back in a BIG Way!
This year the City employees collected 365 “Souper Sacks” which were given to the Seniors at the Park Avenue Community Center AND donated over 530 pairs of pajamas for children who have been displaced by CPS, domestic violence, and homelessness at the Polinsky Center. The Fire Department coordinated a special drop off of their donation by the Big Guy himself!


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