January 13, 2022

January 13, 2022

Escondido Feature in San Diego Magazine

Check out our recent feature in San Diego Magazine highlighting some of the different activities Escondido has to offer. The article touches on our wineries, restaurants, museums and outdoor activities. Read more here .


WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Series

December rainfall and cooler temperatures in San Diego County make it the perfect time of year for homeowners to create low-water-use landscaping to fit their needs. The San Diego County Water Authority is offering their 2022 WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Series of free online classes starting Wednesday, February 2. Learn more and sign up at:


Education COMPACT Clean Up

The Escondido Education COMPACT is hosting a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 17. Join them at Dixon Lake Park from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for a volunteer cleanup. For any questions contact 760-839-4515.

EUHSD Distributes Test Kits for Students

The Escondido Union High School District distributed free COVID-19 take home test kits provided for K-12 students by the State of California at school sites this week. One test kit per interested student was available. Students who were unable to pick up their test kits can do so at the District Service Center, 301 N. Midway Drive, beginning Friday, January 14, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students are encouraged to use the test kit as necessary to maintain in-person school safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Should a student test positive, families are advised to keep them home from school and contact their doctor and school right away. The COVID-19 Decision Trees for K-12 Schools can be reviewed for further COVID-19 guidance.

California Competes Tax Credit


The California Competes Tax Credit is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to locate, stay and grow in California, and create full-time jobs that might not otherwise be created by the business. This tax credit is open to businesses of any size that are planning on investing on equipment and resources, and adding full time staff over the next 5 years. Learn more and/or to apply.


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Found Skeletal Remains

On January 3, an individual was cleaning out his recently deceased father's property. He called Escondido Police Dispatch because he found a Rubbermaid tote inside a trash bin, locked in a storage shed, outside of the trailer. Inside the tote, were parts of a human skeleton including bones of the arm, vertebrae, skull, mandible, and other smaller bones. The Medical Examiner took the remains for anthropological analysis.

Aerosol Related Death

On January 6, officers responded to a possible death call. The deceased was found in her parked vehicle with several empty cans of Glad aerosol cans.

Did You Know???

You can overdose or die from inhalants, even after just one use, by:

  • Sudden sniffing death-heart beats quickly and irregularly, and then suddenly stops (cardiac arrest)
  • Asphyxiation-toxic fumes replace oxygen in the lungs so that a person stops breathing
  • Suffocation-air is blocked from entering the lungs when inhaling fumes from a plastic bag placed over the head
  • Convulsions or seizures-abnormal electrical discharges in the brain
  • Coma-the brain shuts down all but the most vital functions
  • Choking-inhaling vomit after inhalant use
  • Injuries-accidents, including driving, while intoxicated

Community Resources:

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

o Access and Crisis Line: 888-724-7240

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

o Get Connected. Get Help: Dial 211

o Non-Emergency Line: 760-839-4722


December Abandoned Vehicle Data



On January 9, the Fire Department responded to the report of an outdoor fire at 1511 E. Valley Parkway. Firefighters arrived to find a bonfire sized pile of trash and tree trimmings burning in a parking lot. The fire was quickly extinguished with no other property damage. Escondido Police made contact and arrested a male subject for arson.

During the week of January 2 through 8, the Fire Department saw a sharp increase (over 20%) in call volume and demand for emergency medical services. The increase appears to be driven by seasonal flu and illness and the impact from COVID. Hospital Emergency Rooms are also impacted with large numbers of patients seeking treatment.

Please help keep Paramedics and Ambulances available for LIFE THREATENING emergencies. San Diego County is experiencing a large spike in the number of COVID-19 cases. Many people are contracting the latest variant including those who are vaccinated and boosted.

Wait times at hospital ERs, especially for conditions that are not immediately life-threatening, are very long. Hospitals are often diverting ambulances to other hospitals because they are overwhelmed with patients.

  • DO NOT HESITATE to call 911 if you have a LIFE-THREATENING emergency.
  • Understand that if you call 911 and need to be transported to a hospital, you may have to go to the closest hospital that can accept patients. This could be 30+ minutes away from your home.
  • Calling 911 WILL NOT get you seen at the ER faster. Patients are triaged and prioritized by severity of illness or injury.
  • Contact your doctor or visit urgent care for routine, on-going or minor health concerns.
  • DO NOT call 911 or go to a hospital to obtain a Covid-19 test.

Right now, COVID-19 testing is difficult due to high demand. COVID-19 testing information is available here .

For more information about COVID-19 in San Diego County visit:



Permits and Inspections:

Building Division:

  1. The counter staff conducted in-person meetings with 102 applicants, processed 69 applications, and issued 49 permits.
  2. The total permit valuation for the week was $881,384.
  3. Building inspectors completed 152 inspections.

Field Engineering Division:

1. Field Engineering processed 33 permits.

2. Filed Engineering inspectors completed 75 inspections.

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.

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