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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November 16, 2017


Escondido’s Newest Community Leaders
On Monday, November 13, twenty community members graduated from our 10th Annual Neighborhood Leadership Training.  Along with 4 youth participants these new leaders had 8-weeks of training in strengthening interpersonal communication, team building and leadership skills. Graduates can apply these skills in their neighborhoods and bring about positive change that strengthens and improves the City of Escondido.


90 New Trees!
Five Rotary clubs have come together to donate 90 new trees in Escondido. The donated trees will be planted by volunteers and City staff on Saturday November 18. The majority of the trees will be going to Ryan Park; with others being planted at Mountain View, Jesmond Dene, Roy McLeod, Grape Day and Kit Carson parks. Thank you Rotarians for bringing new beautiful landscaping to our City! 

Paving Work Underway
The City’s annual paving maintenance contract for the northern sector is now in full swing.  Contractor Eagle Paving is hard at work grinding and resurfacing streets in this area of the City. More information can be found at 

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