October 22, 2020

Escondido Nonprofit Named Nonprofit of the Year
The Assistance League of Inland North County was named nonprofit of the year by Assembly Member Marie Waldron. For the last five years, legislators from across California have chosen a winning nonprofit in their district, and there are over 72,000 nonprofits in California alone. The Assistance League of Inland North County strives to improve the lives of children and adults in need through hands on programs that are developed and funded by an all-volunteer membership, and they currently have over 150 volunteers. Learn more about the program here.

Parking Enforcement
Full enforcement of parking regulations for street sweeping and timed parking, including citations will resume on November 15. The Escondido Police Department is currently issuing warnings for all parking violations until that time. Restarting parking enforcement will allow for increased turnover on busy streets and will allow for easier accessibility for patrons and residents.

New Mural at the Center for the Arts Entrance
There is a new mural on the footbridge entrance to the Center for the Arts that was painted by a local artist, Katie Gaines. The new art piece is in conjunction with the new World of Frida exhibition that is now on display at the Center. Learn more about the World of Frida here.

Visit Escondido Newsletter
The October issue of the Visit Escondido newsletter is out now. This issue features a spotlight on local craft breweries, and recommendations for visiting. Learn about our Escondido breweries and upcoming fall events here.

October Economic Development Business Newslette
This issue covers Women in Small Business Month, Halloween Tips and More! Read it here.

Go Paperless for a Chance to Win!
Register for paperless billing and/or enroll in AutoPay for your City of Escondido Utility Bill by December 15, 2020 for a chance to WIN an iPad mini or one of two $50 Amazon gift cards!

Go to ols.escondido.org for official rules.

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October 15, 2020

Street-side Dining MuralsHave you seen the new murals along Grand Avenue? Check out this time-lapse video of a local artist adding fall art to the street side dining barriers downtown. Thank you to the artists and community partners that are making this possible: Escondido Downtown Business Association, Escondido Shines, Escondido Art . . . read more

October 8, 2020

City of Escondido Playgrounds Re-Open
Come Play! All playgrounds and play structures in the city are now open for your little ones to play on. Help us keep them open by following all posted guidelines and maintain social distancing. Have fun. 

Traffic Alert: Andreasen Drive
Andreasen Drive at Mission Avenue will be closed starting October 11 at 7 p.m. through October 19. Escondido Public Works and North County Transit District (NCTD) will be performing nighttime work to repair a failed storm drain pipe at the Andreasen train track crossing.

  • The Intersection at Andreasen Drive will be closed to thru traffic at all times to allow concrete to set
  • Sprinter service will not be affected
  • Travel on Mission Avenue will not be affected
  • Andreasen Drive will be closed to through traffic, open for local businesses, hard closure at Andreasen train track crossing

Mail Ballots Sent Out This Week
Mail ballots are being sent out this week. You can return your marked ballot in the pre-paid postage envelope to any U.S. Postal Service office or collection box. Starting Tuesday, October 6, you’ll also have the option to drop off your ballot at one of 126 mail ballot drop-off locations around the county. Find a ballot drop off location near you using this link.

Survey - Fitness Court Locations
Do you like to workout? We need your feedback! Over the next few years, the City will be installing four additional fitness courts throughout Escondido. Community Services is currently exploring locations and needs your feedback.


https://recreation.escondido.org/fitness-court-1.aspx to complete the survey and pick your favorites. The survey will stay open through October, and the top four locations will be recommended to City Council for approval.

REI Programs at Daley Ranch
REI officially kicked off their programming partnership with the City of Escondido at Dixon Lake and Daley Ranch this last Saturday. So far, these new classes have proven very popular and have significant wait lists. This partnership is an exciting opportunity to highlight the vast
natural resources the City has been endowed with. For more information about classes offered visit: https://www.rei.com/events/p/us-ca-san-diego


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October 1, 2020

2020 Census Deadline
Time is running out! The last day to fill out the #2020Census is Monday, October 5. A complete Census count is crucial to ensure that Escondido receives adequate funding and representation for our community, schools, programs and more.  Complete your Census online today at: my2020census.gov

Carvana Coming to Escondido
A new car dealership that resembles a vending machine is coming to Escondido. The project was approved by the City Council on September 23 and the new dealership will be located at the corner of Hale Avenue and Tulip Street. Stay tuned for updates as this project begins to move forward. More information about Carvana can be found here.  

Graffiti Program Wins Award
The City has transformed its operations and internal management by adopting the Cityworks platform and using it in nearly every department from public works to utilities. In addition, by incorporating ESRI’s ArcGIS Suite the City was able to extend the use of this technology to manage graffiti and other public works tasks.

Team members have real time maps of where reported graffiti is located, and response time has been reduced from days to hours. Additionally, this data can be presented to stakeholders and management staff to keep track of the clean up process. The innovative use of this technology won our Public Works and Information Systems Departments the Special Achievement in GIS Award. Congratulations and great work! 

San Diego Tech Awards
Director of Information Systems Rob Van De Hey was recognized as a qualified nominee for the San Diego Top Tech Awards 2020 by Cox Communications which recognizes the most outstanding Information Technology leaders in San Diego, as nominated by their peers – not just in government but across industries. While he didn’t walk away with the prize, it’s an acknowledgement of the innovation and great teamwork that Information Systems has demonstrated in partnering with City departments to drive change, improve business processes, improve customer service and engagement, and increase efficiencies through the implementation of information technology. 

Information Systems and the Library have partnered to bring all new printing services for the public offering long awaited services like print from home, print from mobile devices, scan to email, and many other options.

ESRI recently released a video (Escondido: Running a Smarter City with Hub Technology) of how Escondido is using technology to engage with citizens and streamline our volunteer program. This has received national recognition and is another example of Escondido using technology to bring people together to address the City’s needs. Last but not least is our three-time award winning graffiti program that utilizes technology to create operational efficiencies that enable staff to eliminate graffiti faster and engages the public to help us identify the location of graffiti within the City.

Housing Workshop – East Valley Parkway
Join us for a Community Meeting to discuss housing along East Valley Parkway on October 7 at 6:00 p.m. 

Escondido is dedicated to creating a sustainable and livable community for all. To achieve this, the City is preparing a city-wide housing plan exploring a strategy to develop more housing in important areas.

This community meeting will discuss three land use alternatives proposed for the East Valley area with a focus on housing. Join us to work together and develop strategies that address current and future housing needs. Registration is encouraged but not required.

Find more information, submit comments, and register at: https://www.escondido.org/hcis.aspx


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