September 24, 2020

Economic Development
Last week, Economic Development visited with Stone and downtown Escondido. They got to see the master himself, James Stone, working on next month’s edition of the Collectors Club (pieces that are delivered directly to a customer’s door) and a live preview of this month’s edition. 
Carol and James explained that pivoting their business to launch the Collector’s Club during COVID-19 has been instrumental in saving their business.  They are immensely grateful for the community’s support and the customer demand to keep the flames going in the studio.

Annual Financial Report Wins Award
The City was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the year ending June 30, 2019.  The award, presented by the Government Finance Officers Association, recognizes state and local governments who go above and beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles to prepare comprehensive annual financial reports that evidence the spirit of transparency and full disclosure. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment.

September Business Newsletter
Learn how Classical Academy has shifted to online learning, and how the City’s Small Business Grant Program is helping one local business after a challenging few months. Read it here.

Visit Escondido Newsletter
The September issue of the Visit Escondido newsletter is out now. This issue features a spotlight on Wine Month. Learn about our Escondido wineries and some tips for a day trip here.

Mountain View Park Tennis Courts
The resurfacing of the tennis courts at Mountain View Park is completed and the courts are now re-open for use. All courts have been striped with regulation tennis and pickle ball lines. You can sign up for recreation classes and other activities here.

Fall Recreation Guide
The new 2020 Fall Recreation Guide is out now! This issue covers October and November and registration for classes and activities is open. Classes and programs are now available in person as well as online. Click here to browse the offerings the new interactive guide and register for classes.

Feedback Needed: Potential Fitness Court Locations
The City will be installing four additional fitness courts throughout Escondido that will be part of a greater network of Fitness Courts across the County and Southern California. We are currently exploring locations and would value your feedback.
Please click here to explore the locations and submit your preferred rankings.

COVID-19 Updates:
You can get up to date information about the City’s response to COVID-19 at:

For the latest test numbers, tier information, and phases of reopening visit the County of San Diego’s website at:

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September 17, 2020

Escondido Public Library Opening with Limited Services
The Escondido Public Library will reopen at 50% capacity for in-person services starting Monday, September 21. The new Library hours will be Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Curbside service will still be available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2p.m. - 3 p.m.At this time, the Friends Book Shop, Literacy Learning Center and Pioneer Room remain closed. Limited services will include access to computers, printers and copiers, and WiFi. All in-person programs have been suspended, but many regular programs such as book clubs and story-times are being held online. Visit for a full schedule of virtual events.
Visit for more information.

SDG&E Pipeline Replacement Project
SDG&E is nearing completion of the Pipeline Safety Project along Midway Drive and Bear Valley Parkway. The SDG&E crews have installed nearly all of the 2.4 miles of new pipe along with advanced safety features, bringing the project to more than 90 percent completion.The next phase of the project involves work on the older existing line at a few locations in order to prepare for transferring operations to the new pipe.  As part of this preparation work, the natural gas will need to be removed from a section of pipe. This process can be noisy, and some residents may smell an odor of natural gas.
More information can be found 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 for official rules.

COVID-19 Updates:
You can get up to date information about the City’s response to COVID-19 at:

For the latest test numbers, tier information, and phases of reopening visit the County of San Diego’s website at:

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September 10, 2020

Fire Preparedness
In Southern California we have all seen the effects wildfires can have on our communities, and red flag conditions make the danger even worse. Make sure you and your family are prepared by having a plan and an emergency kit ready to go at all times.

One easy step you can take today is to register your cell phone for reverse 911 service at:

For more information on developing your plan and what to include in your emergency kit, visit:

The City of Escondido on Social
Are you following the @cityofescondido on social media? We share photos, news, emergency information and updates from around Escondido. We are a valuable resource during COVID and fire season!  Follow us on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.

COVID-19 Updates:
You can get up to date information about the City’s response to COVID-19 at:
For the latest test numbers, tier information, and phases of reopening visit the County of San Diego’s website at:

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September 3, 2020

Escondido COVID-19 Update:
Let's keep up the great work, Escondido! As more businesses are allowed to open indoor activities, remember to wear a facial covering and practice social distancing to keep our community healthy and moving forward.

The state introduced a new tiered system last Friday that allows certain indoor activities to resume this week. Under the new state metrics, San Diego County is currently in Tier 2, also referred to as the Red Tier.

Tiers are based on two metrics, case rate and the percentage of positive tests. To remain in Tier 2, the County will have to report between 4.0 to 6.9 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents per day and a positivity rate between 5% - 7.9%. To move to the lower risk tiers, the County will have to report cases as shown in the chart above.

The County’s test rate only includes people that have a residential address within the County of San Diego. Visitors from Arizona, Imperial County, International flights and Mexico will not influence our numbers used to determine the County tier level or reopening status.

How is Escondido being impacted by the Coronavirus?

According to San Diego County Public Health, Escondido has 1829 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus. This is approximately 4.8% of the total number of positive cases in San Diego County. The county publishes this information daily on their website at:

Although Escondido’s number is slightly higher than our percentage of the County population (4.5%), it should be noted that certain cases are included in Escondido’s count due to Palomar Hospital.  Other factors may also impact this number, but Escondido residents should take note that we are very much “normal” in terms of the average rate in San Diego County.

Regardless residents can keep cases to a minimum by washing hands, wearing face coverings and maintaining social distance.

By following these simple steps, the County and the City of Escondido can move from Tier 2 to Tier 3 by the end of September and continue to expand the economy.

For more information, please visit the City of Escondido’s website at:

For the latest test numbers, and tier information, visit the County of San Diego’s website at:

Voting Information
The County of San Diego has shared that the Registrar of Voters will prepare election ballots for mailing in two weeks, so active registered voters are urged to check their voter registration now to get a mail ballot at their address later. More than 1.8 million postcards went out to registered voters last month telling them to expect a mail ballot for the November 3, 2020, Presidential General Election. More information can be found here.

If you are a registered voter and did not receive this postcard, this could mean:

  • You are not registered to vote in San Diego County, or;
  • You recently moved or changed your name and have not re-registered to vote


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