City of Escondido


Weekly Activity Report

October 26, 2017


Update: Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road Widening Project

On Monday, October 23, the bridge subcontractor mobilized a crane needed to install foundation supports for the bridge widening. Casings for ten piles that will support the northerly bridge abutment were driven into the ground to an average depth of 26-feet. Excavation for the center pier footing in the channel bottom began on Tuesday. Storm drain construction is continuing with the installation of the 30” concrete pipe along the east side of the roadway.

 Escondido Featured Again in the San Diego Business Journal

This week the San Diego Business Journal ran a great article about One Stop Systems located in Escondido.

 Local Student’s Innovative Project Benefits Garden

This week, the Escondido Heritage Charter School’s robotics team shared their First Lego League (FLL) Hydrodynamics project with the City’s Community Garden. The team came up with a project called the Community Gardens Bucket Challenge. They collected the "warm up water" before showering themselves, then challenged others to do the same and have them transport their water donations to the Community Garden in buckets. They then deposited the water into a water collecting storage container. The student’s buckets were donated by local Escondido businesses and a local Escondido Home Depot helped by donating the water storage container.


Fire Prevention School Outreach

On October 17, 2017, the Escondido Fire Department conducted a Public Education event at St. Mary’s Elementary School. This event was attended by students in grades K – 4, and focused on home fire safety and included safety tips and demonstrations by Fire Personnel.

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October 19, 2017


Making our City Safer!

Following the Green Crest Fire last December, where 8 people were injured and 2 children were killed in a mobile home fire (with no smoke alarms), one of the goals of the Fire Department has been to ensure that homes have smoke alarms. Especially mobile homes where the elderly and families reside. Using 100% donated smoke detectors and volunteer labor (including our FD Senior Volunteers), our Fire Prevention staff has coordinated three events at local mobile home parks where anyone can have free smoke detectors installed in their home. The Fire Department partnered with the Burn Institute, the Red Cross, and the staff at Rincon Water District to accomplish this project.

So far the project has touched 387 mobile homes:

  • 854 smoke alarms installed
  • 104 carbon monoxide alarms installed
  • 17 replaced batteries in existing smoke alarms

There are over 3,400 mobile homes in Escondido, the progress and the momentum in making our community safer is encouraging! We have nearly exhausted the first batch of 1,000 donated smoke alarms we received earlier this year and we have requested more. There is another event scheduled in November.

Escape to Escondido

The San Diego Tourism Authority featured Escondido as a destination this week.  This is great coverage for our City as it’s a high traffic website for potential visitors. Read the feature here.


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October 12, 2017


Our Community Gives Back!
Emmanuel Faith Community Church held a “Serve Day” on Saturday, October 7, 2017 focusing on City beautification at Kit Carson Park and the Neighborhood Transformation Project area III (NTP III) which includes the area between W. 5th Ave. to W. 9th Ave. and from S. Pine St. to S. Tulip St. 162 volunteers participated alongside City staff from the Escondido Police Department and Public Works. 

Emanuel Faith’s video: 

For more information about the NTP clean-up, see the Police Event section of this week’s report. 

Escondido Sends Units to California Wildfires
Escondido Fire Department Captain Head, Engineer Good and Firefighter Paramedics Smith and McCauley (OES 8632) were deployed to the Canyon 2 Fire in Anaheim Hills. As of midday Wednesday, the blaze had charred 8,000 acres and was 45 percent contained. Authorities said a total of 15 structures, many of them homes, were destroyed in the blaze. Nearly a dozen more homes were damaged in the ferocious blaze. The cause of the Canyon 2 Fire was unknown. 

Escondido Fire Department Engineer Dominic Polito was deployed to the Tubbs Fire in Sonoma County as a Public Information Officer. The Tubbs Fire has burned over 28,000 acres of the Santa Rosa area and is responsible for 11 deaths in Sonoma County, making it the sixth-deadliest fire in California history. 

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October 5, 2017

Friends Visiting Friends!
This week, Escondido’s “Friends of the Library” volunteer organization is going to visit with the Friends of the Menifee library system. Menifee libraries are operated by Library Systems & Services and recently renewed their contract. The Friends are meeting to exchange ideas to and learn from Menifee’s experiences in having a great volunteer organization. City staff is helping by providing a bus and driver for the visit. 

More Avocados in Escondido
In the second half of 2018, Henry Avocado plans to expand its operations, moving into a 52,000 square foot building on Harmony Grove Road. The new location will become the company’s headquarters and include administrative, sales, packing, distribution and farm management personnel. 

Henry Avocado’s current location on East Lincoln, which was the original Henry farm, will retain most of its existing avocado groves. The offices and packinghouse will become residential development. Interior improvement plans for the new location have been submitted to the City, and construction is expected to begin later this year. “The Harmony Grove location is perfect for our operations and is large enough to handle our avocado volume for many years into the future,” stated Phil Henry, the company’s president. 

Escondido is proud of its agricultural heritage. Henry Avocado has been on the forefront of the ag industry for decades, and the expansion in Escondido will make a positive economic impact on not just the city, but the entire region. 

Saturday, October 7, 2017 – Grape Day Celebration

  • Sunrise Rotary 5K Run, Walk & Stroll
    7:30 – 10:00 a.m. through scenic, old Escondido 
  • Grape Day Festival
    2:00 – 8:00 p.m. Grape Day Park 

Grape Day started in 1908 as a way to celebrate Escondido’s grape harvest and promote the city. This wonderful annual community event includes a 5K Run, Walk & Stroll sponsored by the Escondido Sunrise Rotary and the Grape Day Festival presented by the Escondido History Center in Grape Day Park. Join the fun at this festive day of food, games, entertainment and fun! 

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