December 1, 2022

Escondido Christmas Parade

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Escondido History

After its 1888 incorporation, Escondido was the proud new home of the Escondido Hotel, a horse stable, a meat market, and a combination furniture store-mortuary.

Today, Escondido's downtown district is the epicenter of the City's retail, dining, entertainment, and more. Locals and tourists can experience a mix of old and new, where historic buildings share sidewalks with brand-new businesses.

Learn more about our City's growth and the local stores and events drawing in tourists and locals alike:

Escondido High Ag Department Hosts Winter Wonderland

The Escondido High Agriculture department is hosting the third annual Winter Wonderland alongside the Escondido High Ag Boosters and FFA on Saturday, December 3 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Escondido High School farm. The event is free to attend and open to the community. The evening will include photos with Santa, story time with elves, crafts for kids, and a petting zoo. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Holiday vendors will also be in attendance. All proceeds will benefit students in the Escondido High Agriculture program. Attendees are invited to bring canned foods and nonperishable items to donate to Interfaith.


Healthy Escondido Coalition Little Free Library





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Escondido Business News

Shop small on 'Small Business Saturday' in Escondido CBS 8

NCTD gets $240,000 to plan mixed-use project for Escondido Transit Center The San Diego Union-Tribune

Holiday Events In Escondido 2022: Christmas Parades; Tree Lightings- Patch

Wagner, Liszt, and Brahms in Escondido San Diego Reader

Carols by Candlelight coming to CCAE Dec. 9 & 10 Escondido Times-Advocate

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Data Corner

Check out the City of Escondido's Economic Area of Influence Data Dashboard! Data found in this dashboard include the economic area of influence of the City of Escondido, which extends slightly beyond the City borders.

See where Escondido's workforce works & lives below:


Thanksgiving at the Police Department

The Escondido Police OfficersAssociation made sure the crew working Thanksgiving got to enjoy a feast while they were away from family. The food was "cooked"by the supervisors; one meal in the late morning and the other in the evening, so all the shifts could participate. Thank you to all those officers and especially their families, who were away from each other while they were on shift.!

Congratulations to Officer Jose Delgado. Officer Delgado graduated the 131st Regional Academy on November 18. He begins his first week of orientation on December 28 and will begin his phase training the week of December 4. Good luck Officer Delgado and welcome to City of Escondido.













Traffic Accident

Another reminder to "Go Slow in Esco!"


This was a traffic accident that occurred at Midway Dr and El Norte Parkway.

Community Resources:

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

Crime Data/Mapping:

Helicopter Announcement Transcription:

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

Megan's Law Information:

Mental Health & Crisis Intervention:

 Access and Crisis Line: 888-724-7240

 It's Up to Us Campaign:

 Get Connected. Get Help: Dial 211

National Drug Helpline: or call 844-289-0879

Non-Emergency Line: 760-839-4722







On November 18, the Escondido Police and Fire Communication Center received a report of a possible fire in the area of the 600 block of North Fig Street and dispatched a structure fire response. While responding several fire units reported a large smoke column from a distance. The first arriving Captain reported a single-story, single-family residence with a large amount of smoke and fire in the garage and possibly spreading into the structure. Firefighters contained and controlled the fire in approximately 20 minutes. While the home sustained fire damage throughout the dwelling, there were no injuries to firefighters or civilians. Unfortunately, a dog and five puppies perished in the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation. A gift card provided by the California Fire Foundation was given to the residents for immediate emergency assistance.


On November 19, the Escondido Police and Fire Communication Center received a report of a possible outdoor fire in the areas of Metcalf and Lincoln. When firefighters arrived, they discovered a fire in a homeless encampment located on Caltrans property. Quick action by the firefighters extinguished the fire. There were no injuries.

On November 22, Escondido Fire responded to a report of a vegetation fire in the area of W. 11th Ave. The first arriving firefighters saw a small fire, moving at a slow rate, on an embankment at the rear corner of the parking lot. The crew quickly contained and controlled the fire; however, it did cause damage to some shipping containers. There were no injuries to firefighters or civilians. This area is frequented by homeless encampments and was likely started by a warming fire. Fire Prevention is investigating.


On November 24, firefighters were dispatched to the area of 7th and Chestnut for a reported structure fire. On arrival, firefighters saw a small fire found along the fence line. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and there was no damage to the fence or adjacent structures.


On November 26, the Escondido Police and Communication Center received reports of a multi-residential structure near the 1900 block of E. Grand Avenue. On arrival, firefighters reported a working fire on a second story patio of the apartment complex. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire and avoid damage to nearby residents. Damage was limited to personal items on the patio and smoke inside the apartment. The smoke was removed using electric fans and the residents were able to remain in their home.


Also, on November 26, the Escondido Police and Fire Communication Center received reports of a chimney fire located at 943 Viletta Drive. When the first fire engine arrived, smoke appeared to be coming from the rear corner of the structure. The residents were met out front and it was confirmed there were no occupants inside. Upon further investigation, a large amount of smoke was found inside the residence coming from the fireplace and chimney area. Incident command was established and a working fire upgrade was dispatched to the fire. Aggressive action by the firefighters contained and controlled the smoldering fire in approximately 15 minutes, preventing additional fire spread to the remainder of the house. Thorough overhaul work was required to confirm the fire was extinguished in the fireplace and chimney area. There were no injuries to firefighters. In all, nineteen firefighters and one fire prevention specialist responded to the fire. SDSO responded for initial traffic control, and SDGE was dispatched to address utilities. The cause of the fire is under investigation.





Permits and Inspections:


Building Division:

  1. The counter staff conducted in-person meetings with 31 applicants, processed 54 applications, and issued 54 permits.
  2. The total permit valuation for the week was $563,211.
  3. Building inspectors completed 133 inspections.


Field Engineering Division:

1. Field Engineering processed 0 permits.

2. Field Engineering inspectors completed 129 inspections.

3. Field Engineering has 181 active permits.


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 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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