The Escondido Discussion

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:        What is The Escondido Discussion?
A:        As part of this year’s budget process and to further engage Escondido residents citywide, the City has launched The Escondido Discussion to hear local community priorities and City service needs.
Q:        What is the status of Escondido’s fiscal sustainability?
A:        The City is continuing to recover from the long-term effects of COVID and potentially faces an $8 million budget gap this year. Due to this budget shortfall, the City may have to decide on cuts to City services, including public works and public safety services. This is why 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.
Q:        What about our local public safety services?
A:        You’ve told us maintaining local public safety in Escondido is important to you – we agree. Securing additional locally controlled funding can help the City to maintain local fire protection and prevention services, paramedic and emergency medical services and police services to reduce crime.
Q:        What have Escondido residents identified as local priorities?

A:        In a recent community survey and through public engagement, residents identified the following community service priorities:    

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
Q:       How can I join The Escondido Discussion?
A:        We want to hear from YOU!  Join The Escondido Discussion by visiting
Q:       What's the difference between the scientific Community Satisfaction Survey and The Escondido Discussion survey? 
A:       The Community Satisfaction Survey was conducted by True North Research to provide a statistically reliable understanding of residents' satisfaction, priorities, and concerns as they relate to services, facilities, and policies provided by the City. A random selection of 1,298 residents were chosen to participate in English and Spanish. The results can be used to estimate the opinions of all adult residents of the City within a 2.7% margin of error. The margin of error is the difference between what was found in the survey of 1,298 adults and what would have been found if all 114,184 adults had been interviewed. The Escondido Discussion survey casts a broader net to allow all community members to provide their feedback on priorities and concerns. It provides more anecdotal rather than statistical data.