June 16, 2022

Juneteenth Conversation

Cassandra Schaeg, Founder of SIP Wine & Beer and Host of the upcoming KPBS series Fresh Glass, is bringing awareness to Juneteenth with a conversation at Escondido City Hall. Iris Rideau, the first Creole Winemaker in the United States, will share her story and release her memoir, From White to Black One Life between Two Worlds, on June 18, from 4 - 6 p.m. at Escondido City Hall.


The City of Escondido is proud to partner with SIP and Fresh Glass to bring this important conversation to our community. Both Ms. Rideau and Ms. Schaeg demonstrate leadership and perseverance in the sometimes-challenging entrepreneurship space. Escondido values all our business owners, and I know that this conversation will inspire many for years to come, says Sean McGlynn, Escondido City Manager.


Tickets are on sale for purchase at Juneteenth Conversation: HERstory with Iris Rideau.

For more information, contact: Public Relations at contact@sipwineandbeer.com.

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June 9, 2022

June 9, 2022

2022 Escondido Water Poster Contest

Celebrate the tradition! For decades, 4thgraders in Escondido have participated in our annual poster contest with other North County water agencies. The contest theme is "Love Water, Save Water," allowing local students to illustrate the value of our water through creative, hand-drawn art. At the City's May 25Council meeting,the top 12 students were celebrated. They were presented with generous gifts donated by local businesses and the top 12 posters are displayed on theCity's website.The top 3 winners will be featured in next year's 2023 regional calendar.

First Place:

  • Camila A., Quantum Academy

Second Place:

  • Katalina P. Heritage Charter

Third Place:

  • Addison F., Quantum Academy

Honorable Mentions:

  • Natalia Guevara
  • Ella Olson
  • Chance Hsieh
  • Andres Olivas Maldonado
  • Jeinelle Love G. Millamena
  • Noah Brumfield
  • Alex Bredel
  • Joshua Carapia
  • Sonja Bolen

The City of Escondido supports local public and private schools by providing the Water Science Education Program to elementary and afterschool programs. The program teaches water science to raise awareness of Earth's resources through interactive and collaborative activities that supplement each school's science curriculum and help meetNext Generation Science Standards. The annual poster contest is part of the program.For more information or to schedule a presentation, contact the education and outreach coordinator atwater@escondido.orgor 760-839-4077.

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June 2, 2022

FY 2022-23 Budget Conversation with Escondido City Council

The Escondido City Council will resume the discussion of the FY 2022-23 General Fund Operating Budget on June 8, 2022. At the May 11 budget workshop, City Council directed staff to return on June 8 with a balanced budget that does not impact Police, Fire, or Public Works resources. Therefore, City staff will present the City Council with additional options to close the $8.5 million structural budget gap for the next fiscal year. Tough choices will have to be made and could impact the programs and services that you, your family, your organizations, and your friends rely on.

Be a part of this important conversation by speaking at the City Council meeting in person starting at 5 p.m. in Council Chamber located at 201 N. Broadway, Escondido, or submit your comments online at https://bit.ly/3wGQ5ot. Comments submitted online will be read out loud during the meeting.

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May 26, 2022

Memorial Day 2022

City facilities will be closed on Monday, May 30 in honor of Memorial Day. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, May 31. Emergency services are always available.


Small Business Grants

In 2021, Escondido City Council authorized two grant programs. A facade improvement program aimed at addressing ongoing concerns with the physical appearance of the downtown and commercial areas and a CPTED program aimed at addressing the impacts of illegal homeless encampments and civic disorder.

These grants are funded using Federal money allocated to the City of Escondido through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021. The City Council established these programs to provide matching grants to business and property owners that wish to renovate, enhance, and improve highly visible buildings along core commercial corridors throughout the City. The City recognizes that as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic many businesses have suffered financially and struggled to keep up with or improve their facades. These funds are a way to address some of these challenges and restore vibrancy and further preservation to our community.


Learn more about eligible improvements and the requirements here.

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