City of Escondido


Weekly Activity Report

May 24, 2018

Franklin Graham Visits Escondido
A crowd of 10,000 people gathered at Grape Day Park on Sunday for Franklin Graham’s Decision America Tour. City staff from Police, Fire, Public Works, Communications and Community Services worked with the event organizers to ensure a safe and successful event.
10 News Article
San Diego Union Tribune Article

City’s Planning Brings Home First Place
City of Escondido has received two 1st place (Award of Excellence) awards from the San Diego Chapter of the American Planning Association (SDAPA). The first of these competitive awards came in the Implementation Award category for our CEDS Implementation. The City also won SDAPA’s Outreach Award for our innovative youth outreach program developed as part of the public outreach campaign for the South Centre City Specific Plan.

The Library Needs Your Input
The future of your public library is being planned now and we need to hear from you. 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 complete the survey linked below by May 31, 2018.

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May 17, 2018

May 17, 2018


Escondido Real Estate Deals Praised by San Diego Business Journal

The San Diego Business Journal conducted their “Best Real Estate Deals of 2017” competition where the staff scored upscale residential, office, life sciences, industrial, and tourism developments in the region. The entries were not “biggest real estate deals” but rather a project’s impact to the community, economic impact, creativity, and overcoming obstacles. Escondido had two notables:

  1. “Finalist” - Health Care Category: Palomar Health Outpatient Center
  2. “1st Place Winner” – Best Industrial Purchase Category: Exeter Industrial Park

Mayor Abed Meets with President Trump in Washington

On Wednesday, Mayor Abed met with President Donald Trump at the White House. He was among more than a dozen California officials who met in Washington for a roundtable discussion about California’s immigration policies.

Downtown Tree Update

The planned facelift of the downtown medians is moving along as scheduled. And the Escondido Creek Conservancy pointed out that the removal of the trees has revealed a long hidden natural treasure. Read more here:

City Staff Receive STEM Champions Award

The City of Escondido was recently recognized by the San Diego County Office of Education as a STEM Strong Champion for the efforts of Community Services staff members Emma Melchor and Michael Illich. Emma and Michael are Recreation Specialists in the After School Education and Safety (ASES) program and co-facilitators of the North County Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Communities of Practice group. They were honored for their exemplary efforts and commitment to providing students with high-quality STEM learning opportunities in expanded learning programs.

MAGEC in the Park coming to Kit Carson

MAGEC (Museums & Arts Growing Escondido Culture), Visit Escondido, and Patio Playhouse Plays in the Park are proud to present the inaugural MAGEC in the Park Family Event and Preview Show on Saturday, June 9th at the Kit Carson Park Amphitheater. This family festival, running from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. is designed to bring youth teams together to create cool art and showcase Escondido's Arts and Culture, and is free to all participants!

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May 10, 2018


Comprehensive Approach Produces Results!
This week several local news outlets highlighted the City’s creative and effective outreach to tackle homelessness in Grape Day Park. The collaborative work of our Rangers, Public Works staff, Attorney’s Office, Code Enforcement staff, Police, and City leadership has been imperative to this success. 

Seniors Danced the Night Away at Park Avenue Community Center
On Saturday, May 5, the 7th annual Sr. Senior Prom, “A Night Under the Stars,” was held at the Park Avenue Community Center. The night was enjoyed by both high school and older adult seniors. The night included entertainment by Calico Ridge, complimentary corsages and boutonnieres, delicious snacks, and a special performance by the Helping Hands youth. The highlight of the night was the crowning of the prom King and Queen, Lee & Laura.        


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May 3, 2018


City Laboratory Receives Certificate of Excellence
The City’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) Water Reclamation Plant Laboratory is Certified by the State of California through the Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP). The laboratory provides testing for Drinking Water throughout the City, as well as for wastewater, recycled water, Escondido Creek water, storm water, and plant process control samples. Part of maintaining certification by the State is to analyze “blind” or unknown samples annually for analytical testing to ensure quality and accurate results. In the latest State Study, the HARRF Laboratory staff achieved 100 percent Acceptable results in all 69 parameters it tested. This achievement is a demonstration of the superior quality of the HARRF Laboratory staff.

The 3rd Annual Summer Kick Off Event
Over 150 attendees enjoyed a variety of activities, trail exploration, and Recreation class demonstrations. The goal of this free community event is to showcase our robust Recreation programs and camps, give parents the ability to sign up on-site for summer programs, and highlight our community partners, including several youth sports organizations, the Fire Department, and the Bookmobile Reading Express program.  The existing trail system was also highlighted with the unveiling of a new park map the includes NEW trail names. 

Live Well Escondido!
Escondido is Live Well San Diego's newest partner! The City is thrilled to be part of the collective positive impact of promoting healthy living in our beautiful city.


Thank You Girl Scout Troop #4034 of Escondido!
The Troop has been working with Community Services Department to achieve the goal of helping people easily navigate the trails of Kit Carson Park.  The purpose of the project was to develop trail names, distances, and a new trail map system in order to enhance trail users’ experience and exposure to the amazing terrain located in Escondido. After more than 8 months of planning, coordination, design, and implementation, the trail names, signage, and map are completed.  The Girl Scout Troop will receive their Silver Award for this sustainable community project that has gifted the Escondido community and Kit Carson Park users with years of enjoyment on the trails.
Download the trail map at and enjoy the trails!

Escondido Disposal Leading the Way in Sustainability
Since 1967, EDCO has embraced the concept of “Zero Waste” as their goal and has committed to continually strive to be a leader on this path. View EDI’s 2017 Sustainability Report by clicking here

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