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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October 12, 2017


Our Community Gives Back!
Emmanuel Faith Community Church held a “Serve Day” on Saturday, October 7, 2017 focusing on City beautification at Kit Carson Park and the Neighborhood Transformation Project area III (NTP III) which includes the area between W. 5th Ave. to W. 9th Ave. and from S. Pine St. to S. Tulip St. 162 volunteers participated alongside City staff from the Escondido Police Department and Public Works. 

Emanuel Faith’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlCFOHTusG4 

For more information about the NTP clean-up, see the Police Event section of this week’s report. 

Escondido Sends Units to California Wildfires
Escondido Fire Department Captain Head, Engineer Good and Firefighter Paramedics Smith and McCauley (OES 8632) were deployed to the Canyon 2 Fire in Anaheim Hills. As of midday Wednesday, the blaze had charred 8,000 acres and was 45 percent contained. Authorities said a total of 15 structures, many of them homes, were destroyed in the blaze. Nearly a dozen more homes were damaged in the ferocious blaze. The cause of the Canyon 2 Fire was unknown. 

Escondido Fire Department Engineer Dominic Polito was deployed to the Tubbs Fire in Sonoma County as a Public Information Officer. The Tubbs Fire has burned over 28,000 acres of the Santa Rosa area and is responsible for 11 deaths in Sonoma County, making it the sixth-deadliest fire in California history. 

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October 5, 2017

Friends Visiting Friends!
This week, Escondido’s “Friends of the Library” volunteer organization is going to visit with the Friends of the Menifee library system. Menifee libraries are operated by Library Systems & Services and recently renewed their contract. The Friends are meeting to exchange ideas to and learn from Menifee’s experiences in having a great volunteer organization. City staff is helping by providing a bus and driver for the visit. 

More Avocados in Escondido
In the second half of 2018, Henry Avocado plans to expand its operations, moving into a 52,000 square foot building on Harmony Grove Road. The new location will become the company’s headquarters and include administrative, sales, packing, distribution and farm management personnel. 

Henry Avocado’s current location on East Lincoln, which was the original Henry farm, will retain most of its existing avocado groves. The offices and packinghouse will become residential development. Interior improvement plans for the new location have been submitted to the City, and construction is expected to begin later this year. “The Harmony Grove location is perfect for our operations and is large enough to handle our avocado volume for many years into the future,” stated Phil Henry, the company’s president. 

Escondido is proud of its agricultural heritage. Henry Avocado has been on the forefront of the ag industry for decades, and the expansion in Escondido will make a positive economic impact on not just the city, but the entire region. 

Saturday, October 7, 2017 – Grape Day Celebration

  • Sunrise Rotary 5K Run, Walk & Stroll
    7:30 – 10:00 a.m. through scenic, old Escondido 
  • Grape Day Festival
    2:00 – 8:00 p.m. Grape Day Park 

Grape Day started in 1908 as a way to celebrate Escondido’s grape harvest and promote the city. This wonderful annual community event includes a 5K Run, Walk & Stroll sponsored by the Escondido Sunrise Rotary and the Grape Day Festival presented by the Escondido History Center in Grape Day Park. Join the fun at this festive day of food, games, entertainment and fun! 

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September 28, 2017


East Valley Improvement Project
The East Valley Improvement project began this week with a few growing pains. Throughout the weekend, and starting again early this week our Engineering staff have been making adjustments to the signal timing for those four signals at the East Valley Parkway/Valley Center Grade area during the evening commute and stayed on site to monitor the effectiveness.  These timing changes will improve through-traffic flow. According to reports, heavy traffic congestion is now limited to the area between Beven and James with an improving trend.  City staff have implemented new timing plans based on what they have learned and observed.  Adjustments and monitoring will continue. This information will be updated regularly as the project moves along on our website: https://www.escondido.org/east-valley.aspx


San Diego County Hepatitis A Update
City staff are proceeding cautiously to maximize the safety of our citizens and city employees during this County-wide outbreak. The City is taking appropriate measures focusing on three strategies; vaccinate, sanitize and educate. A link has been added to the City’s website with information about what is being done locally as well as updated information from the county: https://www.escondido.org/hepatitisA.aspx 

Local Escondido business, SmartCover Systems was featured in the San Diego Business Journal for their innovative water-level sensors. Read more about SmartCover Systems here: http://sdbj.com/news/2017/sep/21/sewer-sensors-know-when-somethings-wrong-flow/ 

4th Annual Escondido Business Walk
On Wednesday, September 27, volunteer pairs made up of City officials and Chamber of Commerce Board members visited over 40 local businesses as part of the 4th Annual Escondido Business Walk. The Business Walk is a business retention event focused on identifying and understanding the needs of Escondido businesses. The Business Walk included a variety of industries, including retail, manufacturing and hospitality. The one on one time with business owners and public officials is extremely valuable to the City and the Chamber, and the feedback gathered is used to guide business-friendly strategies and policies to strengthen Escondido’s local economy. For more information about the Business Walk, contact the City’s Economic Development Division at (760) 839-4587 or mgeller@escondido.org

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