February 8, 2024



Board and Commission Recruitment

The City of Escondido is looking for volunteers to serve on various Boards or Commissions: Applications are being accepted for the following:

Building Advisory Review Board

Library Board of Trustees

Planning Commission

Public Art Commission

The application deadline is February 23, 2024.


Escondido Chocolate Festival

Escondido Chocolate FestivalDon't miss the Escondido Chocolate Festival in downtown along Grand Avenue this Saturday February 10. Stroll in and out of nearly 20 designated restaurants, shops and spa tasting locations while sampling chocolate paired with local fine wines & craft beers. Plus, 2nd Saturday, Escondido Arts & Culture and Esco Alley Art. Learn more and purchase tickets.

May be an image of 1 person, playing tennis and textStaying Active During Rain Events

Are you looking for a way to stay active and dry during rainy weather? Open Gym at the East Valley Community Center is for all ages and just $5 to drop in. You can enjoy a game of pickleball or basketball (volleyball & badminton are occasionally available; ask at the front desk.)

Check out the schedule.





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Escondido Business News

Escondido AgX Gathering A Catalyst for Agritech Innovation The Vine Blog

Escondido Chocolate Festival, Gaslamp Mardi Gras San Diego Reader

Escondido repeals citywide Mello-Roos tax district The Coast News Group

North Island Credit Union Opens New Full-Service Branch in Escondido Times of San Diego

Deanna's California Kitchen opens at gluten-free bakery site Escondido Times-Advocate


Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Resources

Are You Looking for Assistance with Your Small Business?

Discover the range of San Diego and Imperial Valley SBDC services provided to assist you in starting, growing, and succeeding with your small business. Services offered span topics including accounting, marketing, human resources, technology security, manufacturing, distribution, and finance.

Request for Assistance from SBDC - Follow the link to request assistance from the San Diego SBDC Network. You will be contacted within the next 1-2 business days.

Free Online Business Training Topics

Meet the Lenders: 2/9 from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (PST)

Canva 102 Aprende Las Posiblilidades: 2/12 from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (PST)

Marketing Power Hour (English/Espanol): 2/12 from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (PST)

Branding with Purpose: 2/13 from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (PST)

Use These 3 Stages Of "Awareness" To Get Customers & Clients Using Social Media: 2/13 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PST)

Business Plans That Get Results: 2/14 from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (PST)

HR Power Hour: 2/14 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PST)

Ponga su Negocio en las Bsquedas y Mapas de Google: 2/14 from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (PST)

Cybersecurity -How to Better Prepare for DoD Cybersecurity Requirements: 2/15 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PST)

Unleash Your Revenue Potential: 2/15 from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (PST)


City of Escondido Economic Development Contacts

Request a Meeting with Our Team

Thinking about starting a business? Already have a business and need additional support? Have a property and looking for tenants or starting improvements? Reach out and we can help you navigate City and community resources to achieve your goals.

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

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Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Review

On June 7, 2023 the Escondido City Council approved the 2023-2028 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). This document outlines data and community feedback about the City's economy and outlines a five-year plan to improve the local economy.

Based on the analysis of local data and community intelligence, as reflected in the SWOT analysis, it is recommended that Escondido pursue a highly disciplined economic development strategy that is focused on improving four community fundamentals.


Escondido's plateauing population growth is troubling. It signals that there is not enough economic opportunity to attract new residents and/or that the housing market cannot absorb new residents. The fiscal consequences of this growth are also cause for concern. To become financially solvent, the City will need to grow sales and property tax revenues, and the easiest path to that is increasing the local resident base. The city should also not accept growth on any terms. It cannot allow the extent of growth to challenge community mainstays like agricultural employment, recreational opportunities, and short commutes. Escondido should aim for a modest population growth rate that is faster than it's been since 2010 (.39% per year) but slower than it was in the forty years previously (7.1%). A growth rate of between 3% and 4% represents a middle ground that will add dynamism without undermining Escondido's character or alienating its longtime residents.



Congratulations and Farewell

On February 3, Lt. Suzanne Baeder bid farewell to her swing shift officers on her last workday with the City. Lt Baeder has served the city for over 22 years in various assignments to include patrol, K9, investigations, and was the first Lieutenant assigned to the Professional Services Bureau in 2022. We wish Suzanne all the best in her new adventures and thank her for her many years of dedicated service to the City of Escondido.

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On February 4, Forensic Services Supervisor Bryanna Toussaint was promoted to the position of Police Support Services Manager. In her new role, Bryanna will be assigned to the Support Services bureau overseeing the Forensic Services, Property and Evidence, and Records Divisions.

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



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Resident Vehicle Fire

On February 2, Fire Station 7 crews were dispatched and responded to a vehicle on fire in front of a home on Ronda Ave. On first arrival, firefighters discovered a truck's engine on fire in the driveway. Crews worked quickly to control the flame and extinguish it. Nearby structures were not damaged, but the vehicle was a total loss.



Permits and Inspections:


Building Division:

  1. The counter staff conducted in-person meetings with 74 applicants, processed 65 applications, and issued 39 permits.
  2. The total permit valuation for the week was $1,240,131.00
  3. Building inspectors completed 185 inspections.

Field Engineering Division:

1. Field Engineering processed 10 permits

2. Field Engineering inspectors completed 14 inspections

3. Field Engineering active 317 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.


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