April 28, 2022



Cruisin' Grand 2022

Cruisin' Grand is back! The 2022 season of this Escondido hit event returns this Friday, May 6. The event runs every Friday night through September.


Cruisin' Grand is known for awesome cars, live music and fun family memories. Learn more at http://www.CruisinGrand.net





Summer Recreation Guide

The Summer Recreation Guide is here! Check out the classes offered through our Community Services Department for all ages. Discovery Kids Camp is back this summer which offers full day care. There is a new Pickle Ball League Ladder for adults who enjoy the game. Turn to page 24 to read about our Learn-to-Swim program and to get the details on the Summer Glow Pool Party for families. Sign up online at:



Grand Avenue Project Update

Curious about what is happening on Grand Avenue? Check out this piece by KPBS highlighting the project that includes pavement resurfacing and re-striping, improved parking, sidewalk widening, and new lighting.


The Escondido Discussion

The City of Escondido invites you to a presentation on The Escondido Discussion.

Join us for one of the following dates and provide your feedback:

 May 11 at noon on Zoom and Broadcast on Ch.19/99

Zoom Links: escondido.org/Discussion


As part of this year's budget process and to further engage Escondido residents CityWide, the City has launched The Escondido Discussionto hear local community priorities and City service needs. The City is continuing to recover from the long-term effects of COVID and potentially faces an $8 million budget gap this year, we want to hear from YOU what local priorities you have and the City services you rely on as we strive to continue to provide the level of service residents expect and deserve.


Some of the priorities your neighbors identified include:

  • Addressing homelessness
  • Attracting businesses and jobs to the City
  • Improving public safety and police services
  • Maintaining and repairing local streets, roads and sidewalks
  • Keeping public areas clean and free of graffiti


Now we want to hear from YOU! Please take a moment to join The Escondido Discussion.




Dixon Lake Maintenance Closure

Dixon Lake will be closed for maintenance from May 2 - 6. This closure includes fishing, camping, day-use, and hiking. This planned closure will allow City staff to work on projects and prepare the lake, park, and campsites for the influx of people who will be enjoying Dixon Lake this summer. Please enjoy one of the City's other parks and open spaces, including Daley Ranch. escondido.org/parks-lakes-trails





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Bank Robbery

On April 19, a male adult entered the US Bank, walked over to the deposit counter, picked up a pen, and wrote a demand note. The suspect took the note to the teller, held it up against the glass, and demanded money. The teller emptied the drawer and handed about $14,000 in cash to the suspect. He ran out of the bank and fled. No weapon was seen.


Did You Know?

According to the FBI, there were 1,338 robberies of commercial banks in the U.S in 2020.


The first bank robbery in the US was committed on February 13, 1866, in Liberty, Missouri. The heist was led by Jesse James and Frank James. They managed to rob the Clay County Savings Association. They stole an astounding $60,000!


Drugs and Firearms

On April 21, an officer conducted a traffic enforcement stop on a suspect. Upon contact, the driver began displaying gang hand signs and resisted detention. After the driver was secured, another officer observed a handgun laying on the floorboard inside the vehicle. The firearm was not serialized and was loaded. Upon further search, officers found illegal drugs including but not limited to mushrooms, methamphetamine, MDMA pills, fentanyl pills, bottles of codeine, bath salts, and more drug paraphilia. Officers also located over $800 in cash, two additional handguns, ammunition, and a scale.








Community Resources:

 Anonymous Tip Line: 760-743-8477 (TIPS)

 Crime Data/Mapping: https://www.crimemapping.com/

 Helicopter Announcement Transcription:

 Call 858-866-4356 or text "Hello" to 858-866-4356

 Megan's Law Information: https://www.meganslaw.ca.gov/

 Mental Health & Crisis Intervention:

 Access and Crisis Line: 888-724-7240

 It's Up to Us Campaign: www.Up2sd.org

 Get Connected. Get Help: Dial 211

 National Drug Helpline: https://drughelpline.org/contact/ or call 844-289-0879

 Non-Emergency Line: 760-839-4722



Laurence Bloom was recognized for his 7 years of dedicated volunteer service to the EPD. We love our volunteers!

Shop with a Cop

On April 20, members from 7-11 corporate came to the EPD with a $4,500 donation check for the Shop with a Cop Event. Thank you 7-11!


Chick-fil-A donated food and is interested in becoming a sponsor for the Shop with a Cop Event. StarPal administrators stood proudly with the sponsors.

March Abandoned Vehicle Data




On April 19, the Escondido Police and Fire Communication Center received a report of a Commercial Structure Fire near the 1600 block of East Valley Pkwy. in Escondido. A full commercial structure fire response was dispatched. The first arriving Fire Captain reported heavy smoke coming from the roof and rear of a large single-story strip-mall. Due to the potential for the fire to spread and the size of the building, a second alarm was also requested but soon cancelled as the incident stabilized.


Aggressive action by firefighters located, contained and controlled the fire in approximately 10 minutes minimizing structural damage and any spread to adjacent occupancies. In all 7 Fire Engines, 2 Truck Companies, 2 Rescue Ambulances and 2 Battalion Chiefs responded to the fire. Escondido Police units provided road closures and assistance was provided by San Marcos Fire Department. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

On April 21, the Escondido Fire Department honored its Support Volunteers with a luncheon at Police & Fire Headquarters in conjunction with National Volunteer Appreciation Week. In 2021, the Fire Support Volunteers provided a combined total of 1,809 hours of service to the Fire Department! Support Volunteers deliver Fire Department mail and supplies to Escondido's seven fire stations, assist with Fire Department functions, offer public education and provide logistical support to firefighters during incidents.If you're interested in volunteering for the Escondido Fire Department, please visit the Escondido Fire Department website: http://fire.escondido.org/volunteer.

On April 22, the Escondido Police and Fire Communication Center received a report of a vehicle fire on the freeway. Firefighters responded to the southbound I-15 freeway on the Valley Parkway off-ramp and the first arriving Captain reported a Ford Ranger pickup truck with a fully engulfed engine compartment. Firefighters were able to quickly control the fire and prevent the water runoff from entering the storm drains by creating a dam near the drains. There were no reported injuries to civilians or firefighters.

On April 23, the Escondido and Oceanside Fire Explorers completed the joint "Fire Explorer Academy" at the Escondido Fire Station 1's Training Tower. The Fire Explorers and their families participated in a graduation ceremony, and the Explorers put on a demonstration of the skills they learned during the academy. The event was well attended and reflected the outstanding effort by our Explorers, as well as their dedicated instructor staff including EFD Firefighter Paramedics Jeff Montgomery, Maciel Maciel and Tag Ryan.

On April 24, the Escondido Police and Fire Communication Center received a report of a fire in the area of 1312 Morning View Dr, at the River Walk Apartments. The initial report described a possible fire in the Pool Room structure. The first arriving Fire Captain quickly determined that the fire was located in the vegetation of Reidy Creek, behind the apartment complex, originating in a homeless encampment. The fire was contained in minutes with no threat to buildings or personnel. Firefighters remained on scene for another hour to thoroughly overhaul the ignited area. The cause of the fire is under investigation.






Permits and Inspections:


Building Division:

  1. The counter staff conducted in-person meetings with 116 applicants, processed 124 applications, and issued 84 permits.
  2. The total permit valuation for the week was $3,071,585.00
  3. Building inspectors completed 263 inspections.


Field Engineering Division:

1. Field Engineering processed 28 permits.

2. Field Engineering inspectors completed 121 inspections.

3. Field Engineering active permits: 241


Development and Capital Projects Update:


Curious what's happening with development projects around the City? The link below directs to an interactive dashboard of projects currently in various stages of the development process. Browse project descriptions, see locations on the map, browse photos and more.


City of Escondido Development Project Dashboard



A short overview video of the Dashboard features can be watched here.


To learn about previous applications for residential and commercial development permits, please visit the Development Project Information Archive page or contact the Planning Division.



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