October 18, 2018

October 18, 2018

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Aquaponics Innovation Center Opens in Escondido

On October 17, ECOLIFE Conservation, an NGO headquartered in Downtown Escondido, unveiled its new Aquaponics Innovation Center in rural North Escondido. The center produces organic lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers using 90% less water than traditional "dirt" farming. In addition to providing a sustainable source of healthy produce to local non-profits, the Innovation Center also provides opportunities to educate school children and the greater community about the benefits of aquaponics. For more information, go to:

https://www.ecolifeconservation.org/aquaponics-innovation-center-opening/

Aquaponics Innovation Center

Internationally Known Speaker Hosts Education Opportunity for Local Businesses

The evening of October 11, a group of approximately 40 Escondido business owners and community members gathered in the Mitchell Room at Escondido City Hall to hear an informative and entertaining presentation from Barbara Wold. Ms. Wold is an internationally known speaker and authority to the retail, consumer, tourism and hospitality industries who has taught in over twenty countries. The event was jointly hosted by the City of Escondido and the Escondido Downtown Business Association with the purpose of providing a practical educational experience to Downtown Escondido merchants. The day after the seminar, Ms. Wold conducted one-on-one visits to five pre-selected merchants, providing in-depth assessments to help improve their businesses. More information about Barbara can be found on her Linkedin page www.linkedin.com/in/barbarawold .

Barbara Wold

 

City Hall Landscape Improvements Continue

Last Saturday, October 13 work began improve the safety and sustainability of the landscape surrounding City Hall. 11 of the 14 trees surrounding the fountain were removed. These trees have created significant safety and maintenance issues as they have reached their life expectancy for the size of the area they were planted. The trees were dropping a large quantity of seed pods and their mature roots were damaging the surrounding concrete flatwork. Removal work will continue this weekend and replanting will begin in the weeks to follow. Smaller maturing, non-flowering trees and plants have been selected and will not pose the maintenance and safety issues experienced with the previous trees. Funding has been received from a state Housing-Related Parks Program grant to fully finance the project.

 

City Hall Landscaping Improvements

 

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October 11, 2018

October 11, 2018 

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City Hall Landscape Improvements
Over the coming weeks City staff will work to improve the safety and beauty of the landscaping surrounding City Hall and the fountain. This year City Hall celebrated 30 years of operation and the current trees surrounding the fountain have reached their life expectancy and are now creating maintenance and tripping hazards around the building. The trees will be removed and replaced with attractive, drought tolerant trees and plants. The project will start on October 13 and take six to eight weeks to complete.

   

KAER Biotherapeutics in Escondido awarded $2 Million Grant
Escondido based KAER Biotherapeutics has received a two million dollar grant to produce a medical device that will aid with the treatment of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). There are currently no drugs approved for the treatment of ARDS. KAER is a preclinical respiratory drug delivery company addressing the needs of critically ill patients in clinics and hospitals who require effective aerosol therapy. Congratulations! 
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Tots and Trucks
This Saturday, October 13 the annual Tots ‘n Trucks event will be taking place at the Kit Carson Park Amphitheater parking lot! In its 8th year, this free, family-friendly community event showcases a variety of community trucks. Children are allowed to climb in the trucks and interact with truck drivers. There is also entertainment and family interest booths. Tickets are sold for games, jumpy zone, raffle prizes and refreshments. More information:
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October 4, 2018

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First Responder Exhibit is a Hit!
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum has partnered with the Escondido Police Department and the Escondido Fire Department to bridge the gap in understanding of first responders – police, fire fighters, and paramedics – and familiarize young visitors with the ordinary heroes in our community. This week CBS 8 visited the exhibit and presented this wonderful news feature:

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Local Businessman Named “Handmade Entrepreneur of the Year”
Escondido’s own James Stone of Stone and Glass was by Handmade Business Magazine as their Entrepreneur of the year. Congratulations to Mr. Stone for this prestigious recognition.

Grand Avenue Sidewalks Refreshed
After a summer chock full of special events and our weekly Cruisin’ Grand event, the sidewalks along Grand Avenue were treated to a throrough powerwash. The City partners with a contractor to perform the powerwashing to ensure we meet all stormwater regulations. In previous years the sidewalks were deep cleaned every six months, they will now be cleaned monthly to keep our downtown looking clean. 

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September 27, 2018

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Old Escondido Neighborhood Historic District Sign Toppers
Old Escondido Historic District, Escondido’s first and only officially designated historic district, was awarded “Grants to Blocks” funding that will be combined with their own fund raising effort for the fabrication and installation of Historic District sign toppers throughout the District. The “Grants to Blocks” program affords opportunities for residents in designated neighborhood groups to collaborate on features for their community that promote and enhance identity, aesthetics, and neighborhood pride.  The Old Escondido Neighborhood Historic District generally includes properties along 5th Avenue, east of Escondido Boulevard, north of 13th Avenue, and west of Chestnut Street. The sign stoppers will be installed in Spring 2019 in time for Historic Preservation Month and the Old Escondido Annual Mother’s Day Home Tour. Old Escondido Historic District’s website is: https://www.oldescondido.org/ 

New Housing Regulations Demonstrate Success
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s) help meet the City’s affordable housing needs in existing neighborhoods by providing a housing resource for seniors, students, families, and low- and moderate-income households.  Last year the City Council updated Escondido’s ADU regulations to allow accessory dwelling units to be detached from the primary residence and up to 1,000 square feet in size.  These modified regulations recently completed their first year and the results are impressive.  During the past year, 18 new accessory dwelling units were approved compared to two that were approved in the prior 12-month period before the regulations were updated. 

Congratulations Officers and Pups!
Congratulations to Officer Moore, with Police Service Dog ‘Aros’, and Officer Brown, with Police Service Dog ‘Roy’, for successfully graduating the 231st Adlerhorst Police Service Dog Basic Handler’s Course. This is a great accomplishment and the first step in a long career with the city of Escondido. 

 

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