April 15, 2021

Summer 2021 Recreation Guide
The Community Services Department is excited to announce the arrival of the Summer 2021 Recreation Guide. This will be the first printed guide since receiving an Award of Excellence in Marketing and Communications for the Recreation Guide through the California Parks and Recreation Society.
We are truly honored to receive this award and would like to thank our entire Graphics department for their creative input and dedication to their craft.
Look for the Summer Recreation Guide in your mailbox starting April 23, and registration will open on Monday, April 26 at 8 a.m. on the recreation website.

National Public Safety Telecommunications Week
Every year during the second week of April, public safety telecommunications personnel are honored. This week-long event, initially set up in 1981 by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office in California, is a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public. The Escondido Police Department Communications Center manages 911 calls for both police and fire service, which is rare. Our communications center is a busy place to work and our staff is amazing. Great job team!

April Is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Throughout the month of April, the Escondido Police Department will have additional officers on patrol specifically looking for drivers who violate the state’s hand-free cell phone law.
For more information, click here. 

North County Transportation Survey
SANDAG and Caltrans District 11 want to know what you think the future of transportation should look like in North County. Public input is vital to the development of the North County Comprehensive Multimodal Corridor Plan. This plan will identify transportation solutions that will enhance the way people travel throughout North County. Tell the North County Team what YOU think by taking the short survey by April 30.
Please take a few minutes to fill out the public feedback survey at:

2021 WaterSmart Landscape Contest
The City of Escondido is proud to announce and invite you to participate in this year's WaterSmart Landscape Contest. This contest recognizes residences which have made an effort to support water conservation through their choices in landscape design and irrigation methods. The deadline to enter is May 14, 2021.
For additional information, including an application and eligibility requirements, please visit the contest website at www.landscapecontest.com

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April 8, 2021

SR-78 Corridor Project Updates
Caltrans is currently performing upgrades to State Route 78 in Escondido. As improvements are made you will see work occurring on Broadway and Washington Ave. At the conclusion of the work later this fall, residents and motorists will see and feel an improvement in ride quality and the road lifetime will be extended. As part of this project, Caltrans will be making improvements to crosswalks and pedestrian signals as well as including bike routes. More information can be found on the project website here. We will be sharing additional information about the schedule of work as it becomes available.

  • Work on this project occurs overnight between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • For additional information contact Caltrans Public Information officer, Stephen Welborn at 619-913-9452. 

Escondido Public Works to the Rescue
Last week, our Public Works department received a panicked call from a resident. He explained that his daughter had lost her most prized possession… her cellphone. The phone was accidentally dropped down a storm drain inlet and believed to be gone for good.
Our storm water crew jumped into action and quickly retrieved the device from the inlet, resulting in no damage. Great job Public Works!

San Diego County Moves to Orange Tier
As of April 7, San Diego County has moved into the “Orange Tier” of the States Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

For a full list of what has changed from the “Red Tier” click here.

  • Restaurants: Indoor seating increases to 50% capacity or 200 people maximum. The 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew is also ending.
  • Gyms and Fitness Centers: 25% capacity indoors; indoor pools can open.
  • Wineries and Breweries: 25% or 100 people indoors maximum
  • Museums, Zoos and Aquariums: 50% capacity for indoor activities.
  • Places of Worship: 50% capacity indoor activities.
  • Bars with no food service: Open outdoors with modifications.
  • All retail: No capacity limits.

Please continue to wear a facial covering and practice social distancing. 

Business Newsletter
The April edition of the Economic Development business newsletter is out now! This issue includes articles on Escondido’s housing industry, Lexus Auto Centre, business resources and COVID support, and much more! Read the issue and subscribe here.

2nd Saturday Art Walk
Don't miss the 2nd Saturday Art Walk on Grand Avenue this Saturday, April 10! In addition to the art walk, check out the barrier murals along Grand Avenue. The murals now have a self-guided walking tour with information about each artist. Just look for the QR codes to pull up information on your smart phone. For more information, click here

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April 1, 2021

SDG&E’s Bear Valley Parkway Project Update
On November 9, 2020, San Diego Gas and Electric Company (SDG&E) began construction on the Bear Valley Parkway Replacement Project along Bear Valley Parkway between San Pasqual Valley Road/Highway 78 and Beethoven Drive and through a portion of Mule Hill Trail in the San Dieguito River Park. The natural gas pipeline safety project will replace 3.6 miles of 1949-vintage pipe in the cities of Escondido and San Diego and County of San Diego. The project is approximately 42 percent complete.

From March 22 until May 17, reduced traffic lanes may be necessary along Bear Valley Parkway between Sunset Drive and Beethoven Road. Residents and businesses along Bear Valley Parkway will have ingress/egress access during this time.  Please plan accordingly and anticipate delays. For more information about this SDG&E project, visit: https://www.sdge.com/major-projects/major-projects-pipeline-safety-enhancement-plan

Escondido Library Annual Survey
Whether you are a frequent user of library services or haven’t visited in a while, the Escondido Public Library is your library! We are determined to provide the best possible library services, collections, technology, and programs to meet your interests and needs, but the only way we can do that is with your input. Please take the survey linked below and thank you for your participation.

2021 Creek to Bay Cleanup
Registration for the19th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup opens on April 1! This year’s event takes place on Saturday, April 24, 2021 as part of Earth Week. Join I Love A Clean San Diego and be a part of one of the largest single-day environmental action events in San Diego County by removing polluting litter and debris from your community. For more information and to register for this virtual event, click here.

Daydream Makers Market
Did you know that Daydream hosts a maker market every Friday night from 4 – 8 p.m.? You can support local artists and makers while getting some shopping done. Check it out next time you are on Grand Avenue!

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March 25, 2021

Recreation Guide Wins CPRS Award
The City of Escondido is proud to be awarded the Marketing & Communication Award of Excellence for print publications from the California Parks & Recreation Society (CPRS) for the Escondido Recreation Guide. Last year the recreation guide was redesigned to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse and thriving community.  Through the innovative use of internal staff resources, a digital publication platform, as well as community connections and valuable partnerships, the City was able to develop a modern, forward-thinking activities guide that reflects the true essence of Parks Makes Life Better®, thereby making it a complete community resource guide for recreation programming, life-long learning classes, community events, and important City news.

This unique one-of-a-kind award plaque is handmade by an artist through a Los Angeles-based nonprofit called Piece-by-Piece.  Their mission is to provide low-income and formerly homeless people free mosaic art workshops using recycled materials to develop marketable skills, self-confidence, earned income, and an improved quality of life.

I-15/SR 78 Managed Lanes Direct Connectors Project Survey
Hey Escondido! Caltrans District 11 and SANDAG - San Diego Association of Governments are looking for your feedback on the 1-15 Express Lanes and your commute patterns. The project proposes to extend the Express Lanes from I-15 for approximately three miles onto SR-78 and construct operational and intersection improvements at Woodland Parkway/Barham Drive. Provide your feedback here.


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