November 9, 2017


City Provides Recovery Assistance for Fire Victims
The Escondido Fire Department was contacted by a local family that were victims of a house fire this week (read more about the incident in the “Fire” section of this report). The family was especially thankful for the book they were given by Fire personnel, the "Red Book for Recovery" is produced for all agencies in San Diego County to give to victims of property damage outlining the recovery process. They were also given a gift card from the California Fire Foundation to help with immediate needs. 

Successful Solutions
In keeping our City safe, clean, and efficiently run, we have a couple of more bits of great news. The City Manager’s Office and COPPS unit have been meeting with officials from Emanuel Faith Community Church to tailor their efforts to help the homeless towards strategies used by the City and away from merely feeding people in the park.  This includes ride-alongs by Church members with the COPPS unit, and our staff visiting with the Church committee working on this topic.  

COPPS officer Lew Shaver is to be congratulated for a specialized effort:  A 58-year-old homeless man had been on the streets of Escondido for years.  Officer Shaver took advantage of resources from the District Attorney’s office, the North Inland Regional Recovery Center, and Travelers Aid to resolve outstanding law enforcement issues and reunite the man with his family in Louisiana.   Since the man had been the subject of police contacts on average of twice a month for the last seven years, this was a great use of resources, and a nice success story for this person.    

3rd Annual Escondido Tamale Festival
Saturday, November 11, 2017 | 11am - 5pm | Grape Day Park 

The Escondido Tamale Festival is a celebration of Tamales and all the great Latin foods that have become iconic staples of California's culture. It's a look back at the history of the Spanish and Mexican settlers who have influenced and contributed so much to our multicultural community, and a show of appreciation for the traditions which have so positively affected Escondido.  Mark your calendars and come to Escondido in North San Diego County for some traditional fun and the best tamales in Southern California! For more information visit:

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November 2, 2017


Every Penny Counts for OUR Art Center!
The California Center for the Arts, Escondido is the ONLY finalist in California for a LevittAMP grant award. The LevittAMP grant award is a grant program that provides $25K in matching funds that would produce an outdoor concert series here in Escondido in 2018. Your vote will help bring quality entertainment to Grape Day Park! Voting ends November 20, so sign up at and vote today.


Community Volunteers Make Life Better
Over 1,000 volunteers from the Church at Rancho Bernardo will be participating in their annual Serve Day at Kit Carson Park and San Pasqual High School this Saturday, November 4, 2017. City staff will work beside these dedicated volunteers to assist with painting projects, trash and debris removal and the planting 20 new trees! To learn more about Serve Day visit:          


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October 26, 2017


Update: Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road Widening Project

On Monday, October 23, the bridge subcontractor mobilized a crane needed to install foundation supports for the bridge widening. Casings for ten piles that will support the northerly bridge abutment were driven into the ground to an average depth of 26-feet. Excavation for the center pier footing in the channel bottom began on Tuesday. Storm drain construction is continuing with the installation of the 30” concrete pipe along the east side of the roadway.

 Escondido Featured Again in the San Diego Business Journal

This week the San Diego Business Journal ran a great article about One Stop Systems located in Escondido.

 Local Student’s Innovative Project Benefits Garden

This week, the Escondido Heritage Charter School’s robotics team shared their First Lego League (FLL) Hydrodynamics project with the City’s Community Garden. The team came up with a project called the Community Gardens Bucket Challenge. They collected the "warm up water" before showering themselves, then challenged others to do the same and have them transport their water donations to the Community Garden in buckets. They then deposited the water into a water collecting storage container. The student’s buckets were donated by local Escondido businesses and a local Escondido Home Depot helped by donating the water storage container.


Fire Prevention School Outreach

On October 17, 2017, the Escondido Fire Department conducted a Public Education event at St. Mary’s Elementary School. This event was attended by students in grades K – 4, and focused on home fire safety and included safety tips and demonstrations by Fire Personnel.

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October 19, 2017


Making our City Safer!

Following the Green Crest Fire last December, where 8 people were injured and 2 children were killed in a mobile home fire (with no smoke alarms), one of the goals of the Fire Department has been to ensure that homes have smoke alarms. Especially mobile homes where the elderly and families reside. Using 100% donated smoke detectors and volunteer labor (including our FD Senior Volunteers), our Fire Prevention staff has coordinated three events at local mobile home parks where anyone can have free smoke detectors installed in their home. The Fire Department partnered with the Burn Institute, the Red Cross, and the staff at Rincon Water District to accomplish this project.

So far the project has touched 387 mobile homes:

  • 854 smoke alarms installed
  • 104 carbon monoxide alarms installed
  • 17 replaced batteries in existing smoke alarms

There are over 3,400 mobile homes in Escondido, the progress and the momentum in making our community safer is encouraging! We have nearly exhausted the first batch of 1,000 donated smoke alarms we received earlier this year and we have requested more. There is another event scheduled in November.

Escape to Escondido

The San Diego Tourism Authority featured Escondido as a destination this week.  This is great coverage for our City as it’s a high traffic website for potential visitors. Read the feature here.


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