January 25, 2018

Safe & Clean Restrooms for Grape Day Park
The City is pleased to partner with Joseph Marca, the founder of Escondido architectural firm “Marcatects” to design new restroom facilities for Grape Day Park. The firm has experience with hundreds of projects across the country. This breadth of experience will be combined with City staff from the Police, Community Services, Public Works and other city departments to design a safe, functional, and aesthetically pleasing facility for the park. And, because Mr. Marca is a long time Escondido resident who wants to contribute to his community and be part of this exciting improvement, he has offered to significantly discounted the design work.

Certificate of Occupancy Nearing Completion for the new City Plaza project on Escondido Blvd. & Third Avenue
Many thanks go to our Planning, Engineering, and Building staff who are working with the new owner to complete this project. There are many code complications in constructing a project that has experienced years of inactivity. Our staff has been flexible while ensuring a high quality project. This is the first of many more exciting projects envisioned for our downtown!

Escondido Mutual Aid Returns from Santa Barbara
The Fire Department team that was deployed to the Santa Barbara mudslides has returned home safely. Take a look at their deployment by visiting the link below.

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January 18, 2018


Streets Being Resurfaced to Connect the Escondido Bike Path
This week, Broadway between Valley Parkway and Washington is being resurfaced.  After paving is complete, the striping will be re-aligned to accommodate for the future Missing Link bicycle path, including changing the diagonal parking along Grape Day Park to parallel parking.  The Missing Link project, scheduled to begin construction this spring, will add a two-way bicycle lane on the west side of Broadway.  Bids for the Missing Link project are expected on January 18th with the award of the construction contract planned for February 14th. 

Escondido Sends Mutual Aid to Santa Barbara
Last week, the Escondido Fire Department deployed Brush Unit 133, a Strike Team, and a Public Information Officer to the mudslides in Santa Barbara County. These devastating mudslides have claimed 20 lives and mud and debris continue to devastate the surrounding areas.


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January 11, 2018


Storm Update
During heavy rains the Public Works department assembles a crew called “Rain Patrol” to address issues that arise due to the weather. Rain Patrol monitors known hot spots for flooding/drainage problems, drives main thoroughfares, and responds to weather related problems. Our Rain Patrol crew consists of a 2-person tree crew, 2 on a Vactor truck, 4 driving main thoroughfares, and one Supervisor coordinating with Police dispatch. The Rain Patrol was kept busy during this past week’s storm clearing downed trees, improving drainage and removing debris. 

Students Artwork Featured in City Report
As previously reported, City Planning staff conducted a visioning exercise and art lesson with 5th graders at Central Elementary.  After a group discussion about planning and land use, the students envisioned and shared ideas on what they would like to see develop on some vacant lots around their school.  Their artwork can now be seen in the draft plan here: https://www.escondido.org/south-centre-city-area-plan.aspx 

Finance Earns Prestigious Award!
Beginning this past fiscal year, the City revamped the Annual Operating Budget (AOB) to improve its use for all interested parties.  We are excited that that the City’s 2017-18 AOB document was awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).  In order to receive this award, the AOB had to meet several nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation, which are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communications device.  This award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting and reflects the City’s ongoing goal of providing a document that is useful both internally and externally.  

Crusin Grand Fundraiser
Downtown Escondido 

Cruisin' Grand Escondido is excited to get the 2018 season underway with "The 2018 Grand Champion Fundraiser," their first event of the year, this Sunday January 14th from 8:00am to 1:00pm. This is a rain or shine event, free to the public attendees, but a paid event for showing a car.  Opening night of the regular season for Cruisin' Grand Escondido is Friday April 6th.

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January 4, 2018


Progress on East Valley Parkway Widening
The bridge foundation has now been completed. If all goes as planned, the contractor will place all three sections of the precast bridge deck via crane this week. This milestone which has been months in the making will change the look of the bridge in a single day.


Congratulations to Our Art Center! 

Marijuana Regulations
Recent state law regarding commercial cannabis/marijuana businesses enacted by voters with the passage of Proposition 64 (Adult Use of Marijuana Act) in 2016 is now effective with the start of the new year.  The law requires commercial cannabis businesses to obtain both state and local licenses or permits prior to commencing retail, manufacturing or cultivation operations.  While several local cities are considering establishing cannabis manufacturing or cultivation regulations, retail cannabis sales are only permitted in the City of San Diego.  The City of Escondido already has an ordinance prohibiting all medical-related cannabis businesses.  The City Council will consider an amendment to the Zoning Code in February to expand that prohibition to all cannabis-related businesses, including those authorized under Proposition 64. 

The City Welcome’s our New City Libraian!

Patricia Crosby strives for excellent customer service, community engagement, and "getting to yes” with extensive experience partnering with local governments, community organizations, and private businesses. 

Patricia’s background includes over 20 years of public library service with varied and innovative experience from the private sector and volunteer activities.  Welcome to Escondido, Patricia! 

A Successful 2017 at the Library


Volunteers Needed to Serve on All Boards and Commissions
Applications are being accepted for the following: Building Advisory & Appeals Board, Community Services Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, Library Board of Trustees, Personnel Board of Review, Planning Commission, Public Art Commission, and Transportation & Community Safety Commission. For information on qualifications or to apply, please contact the Escondido City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway, by calling 760-839-4617 or visiting http://www.escondido.org/city-clerks-office.aspx 

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