Hand Sanitizer Donated to the City:
Thank you to Firmenich Inc., a fragrance company based in Switzerland, for the incredibly generous donation of 110 gallons of hand sanitizer. It is gestures like these that remind us that we are all stronger together.
As we slowly start to re-open the City, this will go a long way to ensuring our staff, first responders and community are safe and healthy.
For more information about the City’s response to COVID-19 visit: www.escondido.org/covid-19.aspx
Escondido COVID-19 Emergency Business Recovery Strategy:
On Wednesday, to the City Council. The City Council unanimously approved the strategy which may be viewed as Item 8 here. May 13, Economic Development and Community Development presented Escondido’s COVID-19 Emergency Business Recovery Strategy
Toyota Escondido is Open and Ready to Serve the Community:
Escondido Resource Recovery Facility Progress:
Escondido Disposal is in the construction phase of the first fully permitted state of the art advanced technology Anaerobic Digestion Facility in San Diego County. This facility will be capable of powering their fleet of trucks with Renewable Natural Gas. Anaerobic digestion is an efficient and environmentally sustainable technology that can make a significant contribution to the management of organic waste in California.
Visit https://www.escondidodisposal.com/ to watch EDCO’s live video of the construction site.
Business Reopening Plumbing Safety:
The Utilities Department worked with the Communications Department and Economic Development to develop business outreach to commercial, industrial, dining, and retail operators that have been completely closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Escondido’s Utilities Department has provided clean and safe drinking water throughout the pandemic, but water sitting in the internal plumbing of a closed building could be unsafe for drinking. Businesses that have not been occupied are being advised to flush internal plumbing systems to clear the potentially stagnant water prior to building occupancy. Buildings that have been occupied, even partially, during the pandemic do not need to take these steps because the plumbing in these buildings is routinely refreshed with water from the City’s water distribution system. You can view more information here.
With City facilities closed to the public there are many ways to do business online with the City by using our Online Services Portal.
You can get preparedness tips, the latest details and a host of resources (videos, fact sheets, etc.) on the County’s website at coronavirus-sd.com.
POLICE DEPARTMENT UPDATES:
Effective May 8, the following procedures at the police department went into effect:
- The use of facial coverings inside police facilities is required when social distancing of six feet cannot be maintained.
- Police employees will wear facial coverings inside residences or businesses when in contact with the public, unless not practical for officer safety reasons.
- Personal Protective Equipment shall be worn when interacting with known or suspected COVID-19 persons when feasible.
Tragic Vehicle Accident Involves Four Fatalities
On May 5, police and fire responded to the area of San Pasqual Valley Rd and Oak Hill Dr. regarding a traffic collision. Responding units discovered that a vehicle had struck four pedestrians. Tragically all four died from their injuries. The pedestrians included a 50-year-old female, a 33-year-old male, and two children ages 11 and 10. It does not appear that alcohol and/or drugs played a factor in the collision. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families. This collision is under investigation and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the police department.
Neighbors Fighting Over Plants Leaves One Subject Stabbed
On May 5, officers responded to a fight in the 800 block of W. 3rd Ave. During the fight, one subject was stabbed. His injuries were not life threatening. Officers discovered that the fight started after an argument about the placement of some plants. The stabbing suspect was arrested.
Officers Help Celebrate Dottie’s 100th Birthday
Twenty years ago, Dorothy Zenovic moved to Escondido, a city she has grown to love. She’ll wag her finger at you if you call her Dorothy though because she is known as Dottie to family, friends, and acquaintances alike. When Dottie’s 100th birthday was approaching, her son Tom, who lives in New Jersey, was unable to arrange travel to visit his mom due to COVID-19 restrictions. Tom reached out to the police department with an unusual request. Sgt. Mike Graesser fielded the phone call and jumped at the opportunity. With Chief Varso in tow, the two set out for a surprise drive by to wish Dottie a happy 100th birthday…with proper social distancing of course. Congratulations Dottie on reaching a fantastic milestone!
Focused Enforcement Efforts in High Call Volume Areas:
- 3 Arrests
- 19 Citations
- 113 Extra Patrols / Calls for Service
Escondido Faith Leaders Visit EPD to Pray for Safety
On May 9, several pastors from Escondido’s Faith Based community traveled around the city praying for safety and wisdom for essential workers that are battling the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of their stops was at Police & Fire Headquarters where they blessed our first responders and prayed for continued safety. One of the things that makes Escondido truly special is how all sectors of our community come together to support and uplift one another. We are all truly blessed to have the support and appreciation of our faith institutions.Escondido Officers Honor San Diego County’s Fallen Hero’s
Each year in May, peace officers killed in the line of duty are honored at various memorials throughout the country. The San Diego County Law Enforcement Memorial is located in front of the main County Administration Building near downtown San Diego. Usually this event is widely attended by law enforcement agencies throughout the county. Unfortunately, this year the event was canceled because of COVID-19. Officers from the Escondido Police Color Guard team made it a point to honor those fallen officers, while still abiding by the public health orders. Each officer took turns standing watch in front of the memorial for 15 minutes. Despite the challenges of a global pandemic, the gratitude and appreciation for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice with never be forgotten.
Tip of the Week:
COVID-19 may have limited the number of cars on the roadway, but traffic safety remains a high priority. If you have to be out on the road, then please drive the speed limit, keep your eyes on the road at all times, and be courteous to other motorists.
FIRE DEPARTMENT UPDATES:
The Fire Department is continuing normal operations and fully staffed. We continue to monitor our personnel daily and continue heightened sanitation practices for our equipment, vehicles and facilities.
Thank You Nurses!
May 6 was National Nurses Day and while all nurses do an amazing job helping people, Escondido Fire particularly appreciates the nurses we work with every day at Palomar Medical Center Emergency Department. Thank you nurses for taking care of everyone in our community.
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