June 9, 2022

June 9, 2022

2022 Escondido Water Poster Contest

Celebrate the tradition! For decades, 4thgraders in Escondido have participated in our annual poster contest with other North County water agencies. The contest theme is "Love Water, Save Water," allowing local students to illustrate the value of our water through creative, hand-drawn art. At the City's May 25Council meeting,the top 12 students were celebrated. They were presented with generous gifts donated by local businesses and the top 12 posters are displayed on theCity's website.The top 3 winners will be featured in next year's 2023 regional calendar.

First Place:

  • Camila A., Quantum Academy

Second Place:

  • Katalina P. Heritage Charter

Third Place:

  • Addison F., Quantum Academy

Honorable Mentions:

  • Natalia Guevara
  • Ella Olson
  • Chance Hsieh
  • Andres Olivas Maldonado
  • Jeinelle Love G. Millamena
  • Noah Brumfield
  • Alex Bredel
  • Joshua Carapia
  • Sonja Bolen

The City of Escondido supports local public and private schools by providing the Water Science Education Program to elementary and afterschool programs. The program teaches water science to raise awareness of Earth's resources through interactive and collaborative activities that supplement each school's science curriculum and help meetNext Generation Science Standards. The annual poster contest is part of the program.For more information or to schedule a presentation, contact the education and outreach coordinator atwater@escondido.orgor 760-839-4077.

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Hydration Stations

The Community Services Department and the Environmental Programs team partnered up to encourage water conservation and installed six new hydration stations throughout the City at our local parks and community centers.

  • Jesmond Dene Park
  • Kit Carson Sports Center
  • Kit Carson Softball Fields
  • Park Avenue Community Center
  • Washington Park
  • East Valley Community Center

The City is committed to reducing single-use plastics. The hydration stations facilitate easy refillingof reusablebottles during on-the-go activities instead of using purchased bottled water. Each station features a quick-fill mechanism to encourage reusable water bottle use alongside a regular water fountain spout.

The hydration station project received $25,000 in grant funding from the San Diego County Water Authority and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to cover the purchase of the stations and educational signage.


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Suspected Fentanyl Overdose

On June 1, a 33-year-old male was suspected of using fentanyl prior to going to sleep. The reporting party attempted giving Narcan to the man. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Did You Know?

According toCDC, new data shows overdose deaths involving opioids increased from an estimated 70,029 in 2020 to 80,816 in 2021. Overdose deaths from synthetic opioids (primarily fentanyl), psychostimulants such as methamphetamine, and cocaine also continued to increase in 2021 compared to 2020.


Commercial Burglary

On June 2, a delivery driver called Escondido Police Dispatch to report damages from inside La Michoacana. When officers arrived, they discovered that a suspect had forced entry into the business by removing a ground-level window and then also cut a hole through a wall to enter the Submarina next door.

Robbery In-Progress

On June 4, a reporting party called Escondido Police Dispatch to report that there was a male inside the closed business and was on video surveillance. An officer arrived at the business moments later and a perimeter was established. The suspect exited the front door of the business and was met by officers. The suspect was in possession of property and was arrested.

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Police Athletic League (PAL) Football Camp

On June 4, PAL hosted a football camp for kids ages of 6-15. There were 56 kids who participated in the camp. Thank you to the volunteers and coaches who attended and to the Sherriff’s Department and ASTREA for flying overhead in the helicopter to say hi!




May Abandoned Vehicle Data



On June 3, the Escondido Police and Fire Communication Center received a report of a person requesting medical assistance, possibly having a seizure at a home on West 9thAvenue. The first arriving firefighter paramedics attempted patient contact by knocking on both the front door as well as a nearby sliding glass door and noticed the sliding glass door was unlocked. First responders partially opened the slider and announced “Fire Department”. After the announcement, a male appeared in the hallway who appeared to be confused and unable to understand Firefighters’ directions. The person reached into a nearby closet, picked up a shotgun and “racked” a round into the chamber. Firefighters recognized the distinctive sound, retreated back to a safe location and requested an Escondido Police Department response. Ultimately, with PD’s assistance, the patient was disarmed, treated and transported to the hospital.

On June 3, the Escondido Police and Fire Communication Center received a report of a vegetation fire in the area of Rock Springs Road and Highway 78. The first arriving Captain reported a small grass fire along the freeway that was quickly extinguished and contained. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The crew of three Escondido Firefighters staffing our OES Brush Patrol Engine, as part of a strike team with four other crews from Orange and Los Angeles Counties, returned home safely on Friday, June 3 after being deployed in New Mexico for 16 days. The strike team was assigned several parts of the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires near Santa Fe during the deployment.




Permits and Inspections:

Building Division:

  1. The counter staff conducted in-person meetings with 98 applicants, processed 85 applications, and issued 64 permits.
  2. The total permit valuation for the week was $569,455.
  3. Building inspectors completed 195 inspections.

Field Engineering Division:

  1. Field Engineering processed 13 permits.
  2. Field Engineering inspectors completed 113 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 Development Project Dashboard


A short overview video of the Dashboard features can be watchedhere.

To learn about previous applications for residential and commercial development permits, please visit theDevelopment Project Information Archivepage or contact thePlanning Division.

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