January 19, 2023

Notice: Lake Wohlford Road Closure

On Sunday, January 15, a landslide caused by the recent barrage of atmospheric rivers forced an indefinite closure of Lake Wohlford Road between Valley Parkway and Oakvale Road. City of Escondido Public Works crews were dispatched to clear the road, but inspections revealed large boulders presenting imminent fall hazards.

The risk to the public was deemed severe, and a contractor was secured with the capabilities to stabilize the hillside and safely remove the boulders. The contractor has been mobilized but needs to acquire materials to complete the task. While repairs are made, travelers of Lake Wohlford Road should use Woods Valley Road to Valley Center Road.

The City will be able to open the road once repairs are made, and inspections are passed.


Another Busy Week for Public Works

Public Works crews worked around the clock last weekend as City infrastructure was confronted with nearly 5inches of rain over a three-day period. Crews immediately responded to several large sinkholes, downed trees, mudslides, flooding and provided traffic control all throughout the City so residents could travel safely. From a confined space team to the tree crew, we are glad to have these professionals on call around the clock to minimize impacts to residents of the City of Escondido.Thank you, Public Works!




Escondido Companies Play Key Role in the Region

Outside the biotech epicenter of San Diego, Escondido has become its own hub for B2B companies that service the biotech industry. These companies can take advantage of Escondido's larger and more accessible building and facility spaces, lower cost of living, and diverse community. Read more about how Escondido supports the Biotech ecosystem in our Economic Development monthly newsletter here.




Labor for Your Neighbor with Produce Good

When you volunteer with our local nonprofit partner, Produce Good, you help reduce waste and fight hunger in one step! Sign up for a Quick Pick and spend a morning harvesting fresh fruit in a backyard orchard or collecting excess at a farmer's market:








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Escondido Business News

Escondido Wedding Venues Round Up Visit Escondido

Here's what's being built in Escondido The San Diego Union-Tribune

Historic preservation concerns delay Escondido museum's mural The Coast News

The Best Children's Museums in San Diego County San Diego

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)

Grants and Funding Opportunities


GO-Biz Now Accepting Applications for California Competes Tax Credits

GO-Biz is now accepting applications for the California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC). There are $120 million in tax credits available during this application period for businesses that are expanding and adding quality, full-time jobs in California that might not otherwise be created by the business or any other business. The deadline to submit applications is Monday, January 23, at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) and the online application website will automatically close once this deadline has passed.  The online application can be accessed here.

In addition, an updated application guide, FAQs, a recorded webinar, and program regulations are available here. For applicants that are reapplying for the credit, the FAQs include instructions on how to copy information from a previously submitted application.

If you have any questions regarding the California Competes program or application process, please call (916) 322-4051 or email 


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.

Check out the Trailing 30-Day "Top 20"Companies Hiring data below -




Felony Vandalism

On December 25, 2022, and January 3,9 and 10, 2023, the same male suspect destroyed property at a church in the City and was caught on camera each time.

On January 10, a churchgoer saw a male that he thought looked like the same man from the surveillance video. An officer detained the man and arrested him on unrelated charges. On January 11, Detective Michael Martinez, a crimes of property detective; through investigative leads and the use of a photo lineup, was able to identify the suspect in all four vandalism cases. The suspect was identified as the same man that had been arrested on the unrelated charges the night before. The man was booked into jail for felony vandalism and burglary charges; based on video from the four incidents.


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




December Abandoned Vehicle Data




On January 14, the Escondido and Police Emergency Communication Center received reports of a vehicle rollover accident on the freeway, northbound I-15, in the area of El Norte. Firefighters arrived and discovered a USPS delivery truck flipped on its side. The driver of the vehicle had lost control on the freeway and crashed through the brush between the onramp on the freeway near an encampment on Cal Trans property. Fortunately, the driver and encampment occupants were not injured.

On January 15, the Escondido and Fire Emergency Communication Center received a service call for a downed tree, which had landed on top of a mobile home, located at 900 block of Howard Ave. Fire crews arrived and discovered the tree leaning on top of the home. The mobile home was evaluated by the City Building Department and determined there was minimal damage to the home. The residents were not injured, but were temporarily displaced. The tree will be removed safely over the next couple days.







Permits and Inspections:

Building Division:

  1. The counter staff conducted in-person meetings with 45 applicants, processed 67 applications, and issued 73 permits.
  2. The total permit valuation for the week was $1,836,711.
  3. Building inspectors completed 137 inspections.


Field Engineering Division:

1. Field Engineering processed 45 permits

2. Field Engineering inspectors completed 73 inspections

3. Field Engineering has 193 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.