June 23, 2022


57th Annual Independence Day Celebration

The California Center for the Arts will be hosting their 57th Annual Independence Day Celebration on Monday, July 4 at 5 p.m. In addition to the fireworks show (which is paid for by the City), there will also be a concert with country music star Lorrie Morgan followed by the Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band, activities for children, and food merchants. The event is free to attend thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Linden Root Dickinson Foundation, Dr. Bronner's, and Escondido Disposal, Inc. but the CCAE is also offering VIP tickets for those interested.


In addition, the Escondido Fire Department will begin its 2022 Fireworks Collection Campaign next week, June 26 through July 5. This campaign encourages the public to turn in illegal fireworks with no questions asked to any Escondido Fire Station to ensure that the fireworks are properly disposed of. For more information, Escondido residents are encouraged to call the Escondido Fire Department at 760-839-5400. Residents of other cities are encouraged to contact their own local Fire Departments for more information about fireworks in their jurisdictions.

City of Escondido's Director of Development Services

After the completion of a national search, the City of Escondido has appointed a new Director of Development Services, Andrew Firestine. Andrew is an experienced local government professional who has worked to create lasting community impact and positive outcomes while delivering effective and responsive service over the course of his career.


Andrew is an Escondido native and is returning to Escondido with enthusiasm: I'm looking forward to working with the team to champion its success and to make positive contributions to the Escondido community.


Washington Park Pool Building Student Murals

Four students from the Escondido Union High School District will begin painting two new murals on the Washington Park pool building this week. The art will be installed as part of a pilot program, initiated last year between the Escondido Union High School District, the City, and the Public Art Commission. Starting on Wednesday, students and teachers will be onsite daily, from approximately 12:30 - 3:30 p.m., and expect the work to take two weeks. A ribbon cutting will be planned for August, when school is back in session. Our hope is that this program will continue to enhance Escondido's vibrant public art scene and promote and foster our youth artists.


California Center for the Arts Mural

Kenny Scharf, world-renowned artist known for his participation in New York City's interdisciplinary East Village art scene during the 1980s, began painting a mural on the CCAE museum wall, facing the Great Green, on Monday, June 20. The CCAE has tentatively scheduled a 15-minute dedication of the new mural on Friday, June 24, at 5:45 p.m., preceding the Street Legacy: SoCal Style Masters Opening Reception.


Vermicomposting Workshop - Worm your way into composting!

In the second of the Escondido Public Library's Gardening Club Workshop Series, the City of Escondido's Recycling Division will hold a vermicomposting workshop on Saturday, June 25, from 11 a.m. to noon upstairs in the Turrentine Room. The workshop will include the building and maintenance of a worm bin (featuring real-life worms!) and peripheral information on backyard composting. Recommended for ages 5 and up. The workshop is free. Seating is limited. For additional information, please call 760-839-4361.




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DUI Collision at the EPD

On June 14, an individual crashed his truck into the front steps of the Escondido Police Department. The suspect was found to be under the influence of drugs and had turned into the sidewalk, crashing into the handrail to the stairs. Luckily no one was injured.


Did You Know?

It is illegal everywhere in America to drive under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, opioids, methamphetamines, or any potentially impairing drug prescribed or over the counter.




Traffic Stop and Drug Sales

On June 16, an officer stopped a vehicle for a vehicle code violation. The detective on site suspected narcotic related activity and requested a K9 sniff. K9 Doxx investigated and his search yielded approximately two pounds of methamphetamine, one pound of marijuana, steroids, a working scale and $200 in cash.


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



Police Athletic League (PAL) funded shopping trip to Dick's Sporting Goods

On June 16, PAL and several officers from the Escondido Police Department took 10 PAL kids on a shopping trip. The kids enjoyed a ride to Dick's Sporting Goods in a police car and were given breakfast and a $150 gift card to shop. Each officer was paired with a child and it was a wonderful experience for everyone!


















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On June 12, the Escondido Police and Fire Communication Center received a report of a vehicle fire near the Northbound 15 highway and the Westbound 78 highway overpass. The first arriving Captain reported a fully engulfed sedan which Firefighters quickly extinguished. There were no injuries reported as a result of this incident.


Also on June 12, the Escondido Police and Fire Communication Center received a report of an outdoor fire near the intersection of W. El Norte Parkway and Seven Oakes Rd. The first arriving Captain observed heavy black smoke emanating from a flood control tunnel and several man-hole covers in the area. Additional assistance was requested and a second Fire Engine, Fire Truck, Battalion Chief and a representative from Public Works responded. Firefighters entered the tunnel and at approximately 250 feet into the tunnel a shopping cart, all its contents, and surrounding debris from an encampment were on fire. Due to the difficult access and large amounts of debris, it took firefighters nearly three hours to fully extinguish and overhaul the fire.


On June 13, the Escondido Police and Fire Communication Center received a report of smoke coming from an apartment on W. El Norte Parkway. A commercial structure fire response was dispatched and the first arriving Captain reported moderate smoke emanating from a downstairs apartment. The fire was discovered to be in a first-floor bedroom extending into a hallway, and with aggressive action by Firefighters the fire was contained and extinguished without spread to the other eight apartment units. There was significant fire damage to the apartment and the above unit suffered significant smoke damage. No civilians or Firefighters were injured as a result of this incident and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.


Permits and Inspections:


Building Division:

1. The counter staff conducted in-person meetings with 98 applicants, processed 96 applications, and issued 79 permits.

2. The total permit valuation for the week was $2,692,133.

3. Building inspectors completed 252 inspections.


Field Engineering Division:

1. Field Engineering processed 33 permits.

2. Field Engineering inspectors completed 68 inspections.

3. Field Engineering has 166 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 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.



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