June 10th, 2021

June 10, 2021

Escondido Creek Trail Update

The City continues to make progress on the Escondido Creek Trail Expansion and Renovation Project. Join us on Tuesday, June 22 from 6 - 8 p.m. for an in-person informational session.

The meeting will be held in the Vineyard Room at the East Valley Community Center. Drop in anytime for project updates and to ask questions. Learn more about the project at: escondido.org/ECT

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North County Job Fair

Join the Escondido Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, June 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., for their North County Job Fair! This all-day event will take place in the Chamber parking lot with socially distanced booths/tents, and all attendees and participants will be required to wear masks.


Come meet dozens of employers looking to fill hundreds of positions, and learn about the various industries looking to hire staff. For more information, click here.

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Join our Recycling Staff and representatives from Escondido Disposal for an informational session and an overview of the new Organics Program. Tune in and ask any questions you may have.

License to Love

Do you have a License to Love? All through the month of June, San Diego Humane Society is waiving all fees (including late fees) on dog licenses! Dog owners within San Diego Humane Society's jurisdiction will receive a FREE license for their pup when they complete the process by June 30. Get started at sdhumane.org/licensing and use promo code: FREELICENSE

Licensing your dog is the law, and it comes with many benefits. Dogs with a valid license receive a free ride home if they are found running stray: skipping a trip to the shelter and reducing reclaim fees. License QR-codes can also store phone numbers and medical information, which can help in case of emergency. We know you love your dog, so make it official with a license!

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June 3rd, 2021

June 3, 2021

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SoCal Productions and the City of Escondido are excited to welcome Cruisin’ Grand back to our historic downtown.

Cruisin’ Grand will kick off on Friday, June 18, from 4 - 9 p.m. and run every Friday night until September 24. All of your favorites will return including live music, DJs, kettle corn, and of course, the best display of pre-1974 hotrods in the country! Something a little different this year is the closure of additional streets to allow enough room for street-side dining and retail as well as plenty of space to display the vehicles and allow for spectators. Each Friday, Grand Avenue will be closed from Escondido Blvd. to Ivy St. and the side streets (Maple St., Broadway, Kalmia, and Juniper) from Second Ave. to Valley Parkway.

This event is open to pre-1974 vintage, antique, hotrods, and muscle cars. Visit cruisingrand.net for additional details.

Fourth of July Fireworks

The City of Escondido is excited to bring fireworks back to celebrate Independence Day on July 4. While we will not have our traditional large-scale event, there will be a spectacular fireworks show at 9 p.m.

The community is welcome to enjoy the fireworks show from anywhere in central Escondido including Grape Day Park. The fireworks will be launched from their typical location in the Woodward Avenue parking lot. Grape Day Park will be open past dusk with traditional regulations in place – no dogs, BBQs, or alcohol.

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SR-78 Pavement Rehabilitation Project

Caltrans District 11 is continuing work on the SR-78 Pavement Rehabilitation Project. Beginning on June 1, Caltrans crews will work in phases overnight. Work will run from 9 p.m. - 5 a.m. on Sundays - Thursdays. A project schedule and more information can be found at: https://dot.ca.gov/.../dist.../current-projects/sr78upgrades

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May 27, 2021

May 27, 2021

Memorial Day 2021

City facilities will be closed on Monday, May 31 in honor of Memorial Day. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, June 1. Emergency services are always available.

Escondido Public Library Foundation Commissioning New Mural

The Escondido Public Library Foundation has commissioned muralist Julia Anthony to paint the outside west wall of the Library building with a dazzling and colorful mural. The two options up for consideration are shown below. Please share your opinion of which you like by taking the poll below. The poll will be open until 5 p.m. on Monday, June 7.

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Fitness Court Breaking Ground in Kit Carson Park

In the fall of 2019 the City was selected by the National Fitness Campaign as one of 200 locations nationwide to open the world's best free outdoor gym - the Fitness Court. Escondido's first Fitness Court is located in Mountain View Park. The City will be installing 5 courts in total, with the next in Kit Carson Park near the sand volleyball courts. Construction will start next week and will take 6 - 8 weeks to complete. More information about the Fitness Courts can be found here.

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May 20, 2021

May 20, 2021

City of Escondido Budget Update

The City of Escondido's Annual Operating Budget is one of the most important tools in providing a City that is safe, clean, and run efficiently. The Operating Budget projects short-term revenue and expenditures related to providing day-to-day services. A separate capital improvement budget projects long-term revenue and expenditures for major projects such as roads, park improvements, and pipelines.

In spite of many positive economic developments, federal aid packages, and a robust vaccine rollout in recent months, COVID 19 negatively impacted revenue. Plus, an already difficult structural budget gap, and increasing pressure for City services, especially in traffic safety and homelessness worsens the problem. The City again faces a deficit, anticipated at $8 million. Staff has recommended that the City Council approve the use of the one-time source of funds from the Successor Agency Redevelopment Loan repayment and funds from the Section 115 Pension Trust Fund. Additionally, the American Rescue Plan will provide funds to ease the economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important to remember that these are one-time sources of money and don't solve the longer-term problem.

According to the most current Office of Traffic Safety data, in a category of 59 California cities of similar size, Escondido ranks 9th for fatal and injury crashes. The proposed budget includes a strategy to improve traffic flow and safety throughout the City by providing the resources to improve the City's infrastructure, operate a responsive transportation system and address transportation safety.

Homelessness is a national, statewide, regional, and local challenge. The City recently created and reviewed a "Strategy for Addressing Homelessness" with the City Council to articulate and implement the best approaches for addressing community impacts while being sensitive to the importance of tackling underlying causes and helping people; however, the current staffing does not meet the City's needs to carry out the strategy and meet the demand for service. The proposed budget provides the additional resources necessary to address this issue.

In the short term, the current budget recovers from COVID and addresses two significant public issues, traffic safety and homelessness. In the long run, staff continues to recommend that the community consider a revenue measure to put Escondido's finances on a sound footing on a permanent basis. The City Council will make the final decision on the Fiscal Year 2021/22 budget on June 9. You can watch the discussion of the preliminary budget here, and view the budget document here .

 

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