March 20, 2019

March 20, 2019

Come and Shoot Hoops at Washington Park!

The resurfacing of the basketball courts, the first of many projects to take place at Washington Park is complete. The first stage of the ball field and tennis court renovations have begun with the removal and replacement of fencing, and repairs and improvements to the pool house and recreation buildings are ongoing. All projects are expected to be complete by June 2019.

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Congratulations to EPD's Newest Graduate!

Escondido Police Officer Tom Fidel and 'Doxx' successfully graduated Adlerhorst's 234th Police Service Dog basic course. The City looks forward to the good work I know they will do for our community.

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March 14, 2019

Escondido Named One of the Hottest Neighborhoods in San Diego!

Visit San Diego recently featured Escondido as one of San Diego's hottest neighborhoods. From the article, "Just a stone's throw from everywhere in coastal San Diego, Escondido is a nature lover's dream. But it doesn't end there. This hilly city- "hidden," as its name means in Spanish-is waiting to reveal a world of arts, delicious eats, and one of the crown jewels of San Diego's craft beer scene." Read more here .

Council Holds Action Plan Workshop

The Escondido City Council and the City staff leadership team met in the Mitchell Room at City Hall on Wednesday to discuss the next Council Action Plan in a workshop format. The final plan will be available on the City's website in a few weeks once completed and approved.

Escondido in the News

From The San Diego Union-Tribune "J. Harry Jones/San Diego Union-Tribune

With the removal last year of dozens of view-blocking eucalyptus trees along the medians of Grand Avenue in Escondido's historic downtown area, a view of Bottle Peak was revealed for the first time in decades.

With the removal last year of dozens of view-blocking eucalyptus trees along the medians of Grand Avenue in Escondido's historic downtown area, a view of Bottle Peak was revealed for the first time in decades." Read more here:

A wonderful mention of one of Escondido's newest wineries, Cheval Winery , appeared in the LA Times this week. Read more here:

Small Business Growth Expected Along the 78 Corridor

More than 80% of small businesses along the 78 expect to grow financially over the next two years according to a study released last week by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation and Innovate78. Read more by clicking the links below.

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March 7, 2019

New! Online Business License Renewals with Online Payments
In an effort to provide more efficient and convenient services for our local business community, you can now renew and pay your business license online using our Online Services portal. Information on how to take advantage of this new service will be on your next renewal form.

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Council Action Plan Workshop Next Week
Next Wednesday, March 13 at 12 p.m. the Escondido City Council and City staff leadership team will meet in the Mitchell Room to discuss the next Council Action Plan in a workshop format. The public is invited to attend, if you can’t attend but would like to provide feedback please use the form located here:

Improved Basketball Courts Coming Soon to Washington Park
Weather permitting, the Basketball Court Resurfacing Project at Washington Park will begin Monday, March 11, and is expected to be complete within 15 working days. This is just one of the many park improvements that will transform Washington Park over the next few months. Funding for this Project is being provided through the Housing Related Parks (HRP) Grant.

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February 28, 2019

We Are Escondido!
The Mayor’s annual State of the City presentation took place on February 27 at the California Center for the Arts. During the presentation, Mayor McNamara shared the 2019 “We Are Escondido” video that highlights what makes us uniquely Escondido. Click the video below to watch!

Business License Milestone!
This past week, the City of Escondido, for the first time in our 131-year history surpassed the mark of 10,000 active business licenses!  After factoring in new applications, closures, and renewals we have 10,116 to be exact. 

Escondido to Host Neighborhood Services Community Meeting
In March, Housing and Neighborhood Services staff will begin preparing a FY 2019-2020 One-Year Action Plan for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) which will determine how Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solution Grant (ESG) funds are spent in Escondido over the next year.
A Community Meeting will be held on March 7, 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the Mitchell Room to share information about the process of the Action Plan and collect public comments regarding community needs. This meeting is open to the public, and no pre-registration is required.  

Escondido Public Library Hosts 15th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser
The Library and the Friends of Literacy Services will host the 15th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser on Saturday, March 9 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Auditorium of the Park Avenue Community Center. Doors open for player check-in at 8:00 a.m. and tournament play begins at 9:00 a.m. Players must pre-register by March 5, online at, by mail, or in person at the Literacy Services office, located on the 2nd floor of the Library. The registration fee for adults is $25.00; registration for high school students is $15.00.

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