February 2, 2023

City Council Appoints Christian Garcia to Vacant Council Seat

Please joins us in extending a warm welcome to Escondido's newly appointed Councilmember, Christian Garcia, who will represent District 3.


The Escondido City Council appointed Christian Garcia to fill its District 3 vacancy after interviewing ten candidates. The vacancy was a result of the adoption of new district boundaries that were created by the Independent Redistricting Commission in 2022.


The term of Mr. Garcia's appointment is from yesterday, February 1, 2023 (the official swearing-in), until December 11, 2024.


Update: Lake Wohlford Road

The contractor has completed repairs at the primary site of the damaged bluffs overlooking Lake Wohlford Road and the road will be re-opening on Thursday afternoon (2/2/23).


Emergency Operations Center Training

The City of Escondido's Emergency Operations Center participated in a county-wide EXERCISE on Thursday, February 2. These exercises are an opportunity for our region to practice coordination during emergencies across various jurisdictions.


This Escondido team works around the clock in the event of an emergency in our community.





NCTD Offering Free Rides to Honor Rosa Parks

In 1955, Rosa Parks was riding home from a long day at work by bus when she refused to give up her seat to white riders so they could sit down. The actions of the 42-year-old activist invigorated the struggle for racial equality. To commemorate Rosa Parks birthday, and all she stood for, North County Transit District (NCTD) is joining other public transportation agencies around the country in recognizing February 4, 2023, as Transit Equity Day and offering free rides on all NCTD modes COASTER, BREEZE, SPRINTER, FLEX and LIFT for the entire day.


Free rides on February 4, 2023, apply to NCTD modes of transportation only and does not include transfers to Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), or AMTRAK Rail 2 Rail services.




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City of Escondido Economic Development Contacts

The Economic Development Team are always available to help with questions or connecting you to the right resources. Do not hesitate to reach out!

Jennifer Shoeneck, Deputy Director of Economic Development (jschoeneck@escondido.org)

Vince McCaw, Real Property Manager (vmccaw@escondido.org)

Pedro Cardenas, Management Analyst -Economic Development (pcardenas@escondido.org)

Kristin Ugrob, Program Coordinator, Business Licenses (kugrob@escondido.org)


Small Business Development Center (SBDC): On Demand Training (also available in Spanish!)

Free, quality online classes on your time! SBDC's on-demand trainings provide current and practical information on business topics ranging from the basics to more advanced business management skills.

The depth of their training ensures that business owners and entrepreneurs avail themselves of invaluable insights to help manage and grow a successful business. The training is designed to meet the needs of the local community and is delivered at no cost.

You may access on-demand training at here: https://sdivsbdc.org/on-demand-training/

This week's spotlight Accounting which covers

1. Basic Accounting Overview

2. Balance Sheet

3. Profit and Loss Statement

4. Depreciation

5. Cash Flow

6. Basic Ratios

7. Break-Even Point

8. Tax/Corporation Structure

9. How to Prepare to Meet with Your Accounting/Tax Professional

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 the Educational Program Overview data





One of our local establishments was burglarized by three suspects this past week. The suspects filled bags with merchandise and then drove to Oceanside and repeated the crime. Escondido Crimes of Property Detectives and detectives in neighboring cities are working to identify the suspects and arrest them.

Additionally, a second business was burglarized in the past two weeks. A single suspect used a rock to smash a window when the business was closed. Police officers were able to get to the business quickly and the officers safely arrested the suspect, who was still inside when they arrived.


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



On January 23, the Escondido Police and Fire Communication Center received reports of a single vehicle rollover located at Beethoven Dr & Del Lago. Upon arrival, Firefighters from Station #4 found the vehicle about 50 feet down an embankment in a ravine with two victims trapped inside. Truck Company Firefighters from Station #1 used battery operated hydraulic rescue tools to remove the car doors and extricate (free) the two adult females from the vehicle. Crews from Stations 1 and 5 used rope rigging and the Stokes Basket (basket used to protect and support a victim during rescue) to pull up each victim from the embankment safely and securely. Rescue Ambulance crews from Station 1 and 3 provided care to the victims, and then transported them to a local hospital trauma center.

January 24, was the first day for three new Firefighter Paramedics. Christopher Dyer, Brian Maloney and Jonathan Espinosa all have experience with other fire departments and joined EFD as lateral hires.


On January 24, the Escondido Fire & Communication Center received reports of a traffic collision at the intersection of Centre City Parkway and El Norte Parkway. The first arriving firefighters reported one person trapped in the vehicle. Using a hydraulic rescue tool, firefighters were able to quickly extricate one adult male from the vehicle. That victim, along with another adult male from the second vehicle, were transported to the hospital by Rescue Ambulances.


In 2022, the commercial roof training prop at the Station #1 training facility failed due to age and wear and tear causing a portion of the prop to collapse. The prop is an extremely important training tool and is used by firefighters in preparation for real fires by practicing ventilation techniques on commercial building roofs using chain saws, axes and other tools. Several EFD firefighters put in the labor to re-build the prop, limiting the cost of the repair to only materials. Thanks to their work, the repairs have not only made the training structure more realistic but also much more resilient and robust.







Permits and Inspections:


Building Division:

  1. The counter staff conducted in-person meetings with 37 applicants, processed 72 applications, and issued 75 permits.
  2. The total permit valuation for the week was $1,313,930.
  3. Building inspectors completed 187 inspections.


Field Engineering Division:

1. Field Engineering processed 20 permits

2. Field Engineering inspectors completed 61 inspections

3. Field Engineering has 200 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



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

.If you would like to receive this report by email on Thursdays, email: mthorne@escondido.org.