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: 

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

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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.  

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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December 7, 2017


Fishing Derby at Dixon Lake
Last week 6,000 pounds of rainbow trout were stocked at the lake for the annual Trout Derby, in addition the Hidden Valley Kiwanis provided approximately 300 bluegill to stock the “kiddy ponds.”  Anglers 7 and under fished from the ponds with the assistance of the Senior Anglers of Escondido.  

Tree Climbing Event Success!
Last week the United Tree Climbers Association held their annual Field Day in Grape Day Park in conjunction with our Public Works department. They successfully trimmed and climbed many trees in the park! Check out videos from the event on their official Facebook page: 

Visit Escondido at the Transit Center
The combined efforts of our Real Property and Tourism staff have successfully completed the project of updating the signage at the NCTD Transit Center. 

Reindeer and Holiday Cheer at the Art Center
6,000 people attended the Winter Wonderland this past weekend at our Art Center.  Attendees enjoyed visits with Santa, a light show, real snow and reindeer!

See Santa’s Reindeer in Escondido here: 

Students Weigh In on Escondido’s Future
On November 30th and December 1st, City 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.  The activity helped students learn more about government and recognize connections between government and a student’s everyday life.  Over 100 students participated.  This activity was possible by the South Centre City Specific Plan planning effort.  The results of the art exercise will be incorporated into the final planning document, which will be presented to Planning Commission and City Council for approval in early 2018.  For more information about the Project or the art lesson, please refer to the project website at


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November 30, 2017


Downtown is Holiday Ready!

With direction from City Council, City staff coordinated some extra holiday cheer in our downtown. Festive lights have been placed on the medians to help spread the holiday spirit!


Ray Love Tennis Center Repairs

Last week, City staff met with a representative from Ferandell Tennis Courts, Inc. to inspect all ten courts at Kit Carson Park and note areas of needed improvement. We will keep you posted on the next steps to keep our courts looking great. 


Grape Day Park Tree Trimming Event
On December 1-3, the Public Works Department is partnering with the United Tree Climbers Association to perform some required tree trimming and maintenance on overgrown trees in the park. This event will include a class training and certification component for staff and Tree Climbers Association members. We will share photos and video of this great collaboration in next week’s report. 

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