FEATURED THIS WEEK
Help Shape the Future of Your Library
On Tuesday, March 13th, the Escondido Public Library Strategic Planning Community Advisory Committee (SPCAC) will hold the first meeting to help plan the future of your public library. SPCAC participants will identify current community needs, create goals for the future and strategize appropriate steps needed to achieve these goals. This group will be instrumental in envisioning the next five years for Escondido Public Library, and beyond. The meeting will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Turrentne Room at the Library. For more information, visit library.escondido.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 760-839-4601.
Channel Improvements on the Horizon!
Another step closer on the Spruce Street Channel Improvement project occurred this week with the permit issued from the Regional Water Quality Control Board. Design is nearly 100% complete. Army Corps of Engineers and California Department of Fish and Wildlife concurrence is expected within the next month and the project should be out to bid shortly thereafter if the remaining permits are issued as expected.
New “Opportunity Zones” Designated in Escondido
The federal tax bill passed at the end of last year allows the governors of each state to designate eligible census tracts as Opportunity Zones (OZ). Investments made by individuals through special funds in these zones would be allowed to defer or eliminate federal taxes on capital gains.
The recently released California OZ map shows two zones designated in central Escondido. The City has provided comments in support of our designations to the governor’s office, which has a public input period open until March 15. Staff will continue to monitor the program to see how it can be leveraged to attract and expand business and development in Escondido.
More information and an interactive map is on the web at http://dof.ca.gov/Forecasting/Demographics/opportunity_zones/index.html
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