January 28, 2021

Regional Stay Home Order Lifted
The State of CA has lifted the Regional Stay Home Order. San Diego County is now in Tier 1, or Purple Tier, of the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

Please continue to practice social distancing and wear a facial covering. For a full list of what has changed, visit www.coronavirus-sd.com
For Escondido business resources visit:
https://www.escondido.org/business

For more information about Escondido’s response to COVID-19 visit: https://www.escondido.org/covid-19

Escondido AD Facility is First in Southern California
On November 28, 2018, the Recycling and Waste Reduction Division first presented the Organics Recycling Program information to the Escondido City Council. 

In addition to outlining state mandates requiring organics recycling, it included plans from the City’s franchised waste hauler, Escondido Disposal, to build an anaerobic digestion facility in Escondido. While construction is not complete, the two green tubes are prepared to receive residential green waste beginning February 1, 2021.

If you live in Escondido, you can now put food waste in the green cart with your yard waste. To learn more about the state-of-the-art facility or how to dispose of food waste, please visit the EDI website:
https://www.escondidodisposal.com/residential-waste-services/curbside-pickup/organic-recycling/

Library Board of Trustees – Volunteer Needed
The City is seeking a volunteer to apply to serve on the Escondido Public Library Board of Trustees.

For information on qualifications and an application form click here.

The deadline to apply is February 26, 2021.
Information is also available at:
https://www.escondido.org/boards-commissions

Escondido Public Library Reopening
The Library will reopen for limited in-person services on Monday, February 1, 2021.

Library hours will be 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Holds can be picked up on the self-service shelves during Library open hours. Additionally, curbside pickup service for holds will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and Wednesdays from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. For information on how curbside pickup works, visit www.escondidolibrary.org/curbside. At this time, the Friends Book Shop, Literacy Learning Center and Pioneer Room remain closed. Donations are not being accepted at this time.

Patrons will be able to browse the stacks and check out books, audio books, and DVDs. Time in the library will be limited to two hours maximum each day in order to adhere to the limited 20% capacity guidelines. All in-person programs have been suspended, but many regular programs such as book clubs and storytimes are being held online. Visit www.escondidolibrary.org/digital for a full schedule of virtual events.

Roller Skating at the Escondido Sports Center
The Community Services Department is excited to introduce Roller Skating at the Escondido Sports Center in Kit Carson Park!  Bring your skates and your family for a fun and safe outdoor recreational opportunity.  Under the current public health order, sessions are limited to 12 people in order maintain social distancing at all times.  Please come with your skates (required) and safety equipment (optional) as we do not have any rentals.  Whether you are an expert or a first timer, there’s plenty of space to practice while grooving to some music. Sessions will be held weekly each Friday and Saturday from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on the Escondido Sports Center hockey rinks starting February 5, 2021 until further notice. The cost is $5 for the 2-hour session and masks are required at all times.  Reservations are strongly encouraged and will open each Monday at 3:00 p.m. for the following week, to make reservations, please call (760) 839-5426.  More information at: www.Recreation.Escondido.org

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January 21, 2021

Senior Nutrition Program
The City of Escondido is home to the Park Avenue Community Center; a place for seniors to gather, socialize, receive daily meal service, and much more. When COVID-19 changed the way we gather, City staff had to quickly reinvent the Senior Nutrition Program into a meal delivery and grab-and-go service.

The City partnered with the California Center for the Arts, Escondido for food preparation, and the program has been a win-win for both organizations. The video below highlights the Senior Nutrition Program and the value it brings to our community.

Escondido Company’s New Rapid COVID-19 Testing
Escondido Based company Menon is in the process of developing a "game changer" Rapid COVID-19 test. The company is partnering with UC San Diego to test this technology as quickly and effectively as possible, and could end up processing 100,000 samples per hour. Check out the 10News – ABC San Diego coverage here.

SR-78 Corridor Upgrades to Begin in Escondido
Cal Trans construction crews will begin a $19 million multimodal project to upgrade approximately five miles of State Route 78 between North Broadway and Flora Vista Street, beginning January 25.

Initial work will improve curb ramps for pedestrian access in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Following phases of construction include removal and replacement of the pavement, high visibility striping, utility upgrades, and a shared bike lane. To minimize traffic impacts and increase worker safety, work will typically take place between 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. This project is expected to be completed in Fall 2021.

Nearby residents may hear construction noise related to the work, including backup alarms, jackhammering, and saw cutting. Every consideration will be made to minimize impacts during the course of this much-anticipated project. Detour signs will direct motorists and pedestrians around closures. More information can be found here.

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January 14, 2021

Stay Safe, Escondido
With COVID-19 cases surging across the County and State, the City of Escondido would like to remind our residents and visitors to please stay safe, mask up, and respect all County Health Orders. Together we can make a difference! More information can be found below:

 

January Business Newsletter
The first Economic Development newsletter of 2021 is out now! This issue highlights two new restaurants in Escondido, a coffee roasting company, small business resources and more. Read and subscribe here.

Winter/Spring Recreation Classes
The Winter/Spring Escondido Recreation Guide is out now. It is full of activities for the whole family to take advantage of in the new year!

If you looking for an activity that promotes a healthy lifestyle and gets you outdoors, the lap swim program at James Stone pool is expanding hours and creating more opportunities for individuals to have a place to swim starting on January 19.
View all the offerings at: recreation.escondido.org

Online Composting Workshop
The City’s Recycling Division usually holds regular composting workshops at the Escondido Community Garden. Since activities this year look a little different, they have moved the workshop online in the form of a YouTube video. The informational video will teach you various ways to recycle your home’s waste. With everyone spending more time at home, why not check it out by clicking on the video below. 

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January 7, 2021

LED Street Light Conversions
Escondido’s Public Works Department is in the process of retrofitting City sidewalk streetlights to a newer, more efficient LED version. These new LED’s provide directional lighting, are 50% more efficient and significantly lower maintenance and operation costs.  They will result in fewer outages and reflect the true color of objects, resulting a safer Escondido.

Escondido’s Graffiti Program Highlighted by APWA
The American Public Works Association has highlighted Escondido's use of technology to help combat graffiti in the City. By combining mapping technology, a mobile app for employees and the ReportI t! application, the graffiti eradication program now reports tags being removed within 24 hours or less. Read more about how we are using this technology to keep Escondido clean and safe here, and make sure to download the ReportIt! app from your smartphone’s app store today to help out.

Small Business COVID Relief Grants
The State of California has launched the website for small business and nonprofit COVID-19 Relief Grants. The application period opened on December 30, 2020 and will end on January 13.
This grant provides micro grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to eligible small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 and the related health and safety restrictions.
Visit www.CaReliefGrant.com for more information and to apply.

Survey – Futsal Courts in Washington Park
The City has an exciting opportunity to provide more space to play soccer in our community by installing two futsal courts, otherwise known as Mini-Pitch Systems, in Washington Park. Mini-Pitches are essentially hard surface soccer arenas that are typically installed on underutilized tennis and basketball courts. Washington Park is being considered for this opportunity because of the existing infrastructure that would lend itself to this project at no cost to the City.
Let us know what you think here: https://recreation.escondido.org/survey

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