City of Escondido


Weekly Activity Report

March 29, 2018


City’s Planning Department Wins Big!
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.  

Dine Out Escondido! Gives Back
Local restaurants that participated in the 2018 Dine Out Escondido! committed to donating $1 to the North County Food Bank’s FOOD 4 KIDS Backpack Program for every DOE special they sold during Restaurant Week. This year $2,228 was collected for this program that will provide will provide food for a year to approximately 12 kids in one of our local elementary schools!


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March 22, 2018


New Store Hires Local
HomeGoods opened their 23,907 square-foot store earlier this month at 1352 West Valley Parkway.  They hired 65 Escondido residents to work in their store providing locals with the opportunity to work in the community in which they live. 

Escondido’s Stone Brewing is in the Top 10!
The Brewers Association just released its annual lists of the top 50 craft and overall brewing companies in the U.S. based on beer sales volume. Escondido’s Stone Brewing is listed as #8 on the list of craft breweries (up from #9 the previous year) and #18 on the list of overall breweries. Stone is the only San Diego area company to be listed in the top 50 overall, which is quite a feat considering the size and scope of the region’s beer industry. For a complete list and map of top 50 breweries nationwide, visit . 

City Program & Staff Recognized as STEM Champions  
This week the City of Escondido ASES (After School Education and Safety) Program was notified that they will receive the STEM Strong Champions Award, from the San Diego County Office of Education. This countywide event recognizes local after school program providers that offer extended learning opportunities to students through STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).  These extended learning programs are designed to have a significant impact on student understanding and achievement through engagement and exploration as well as the ability to explain, elaborate and evaluate.  

Additionally, program staff Emma Melchor and Michael Illich will be recognized, as being instrumental in the creation and design of the program. This distinguished honor recognizes the collective impact the City has on the community through recreational and enrichment programming. The awards event will be held on Friday, May 11. 

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March 15, 2018


School Safety: Our Collective Efforts
Police Chief Craig Carter has been working closely with our local schools both private and public to discuss school safety. This working group has had two meetings to discuss recent nationwide school threats and our response to those threats. The safety of our community’s schools is of the highest priority. The school representatives are discussing all options, including potential plans for future collaboration and continued training on school and student safety. 

New LED Lights at the Escondido Sports Center
The Escondido Sports Center, located within Kit Carson Park, recently received upgraded LED lights around the exterior of the main building.  This major improvement, going from existing 20-year-old sodium lighting to LED lighting, creates a light and bright environment in the evening hours. The Sports Center is open Monday – Sunday, serving the public until 10 p.m.; not only do the lights provide safety and security of patrons and staff, but also improve the overall function of the center and the various programs offered in Hockey, Soccer, and Skate park.  A big thank you to Building Maintenance for making this important project happen! 

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March 8, 2018


Help Shape the Future of Your Library
On Tuesday, March 13th, the Escondido Public Library Strategic Planning Community Advisory Committee (SPCAC) will hold the first meeting to help plan the future of your public library. SPCAC participants will identify current community needs, create goals for the future and strategize appropriate steps needed to achieve these goals. This group will be instrumental in envisioning the next five years for Escondido Public Library, and beyond. The meeting will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Turrentne Room at the Library. For more information, visit, email or call 760-839-4601.  

Channel Improvements on the Horizon!
Another step closer on the Spruce Street Channel Improvement project occurred this week with the permit issued from the Regional Water Quality Control Board.  Design is nearly 100% complete.  Army Corps of Engineers and California Department of Fish and Wildlife concurrence is expected within the next month and the project should be out to bid shortly thereafter if the remaining permits are issued as expected.   

New “Opportunity Zones” Designated in Escondido
The federal tax bill passed at the end of last year allows the governors of each state to designate eligible census tracts as Opportunity Zones (OZ). Investments made by individuals through special funds in these zones would be allowed to defer or eliminate federal taxes on capital gains. 

The recently released California OZ map shows two zones designated in central Escondido. The City has provided comments in support of our designations to the governor’s office, which has a public input period open until March 15. Staff will continue to monitor the program to see how it can be leveraged to attract and expand business and development in Escondido. 

More information and an interactive map is on the web at 

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