January 23, 2020

Water Quality Lab Leads by Example
The City’s Water Quality Lab was recently featured in the San Diego County Water Authority’s Water News Network newsletter. All water quality labs are facing strict new accreditation standards in the near future, and our lab is one of only TWO that is already compliant in the State. Check out the rest of the article highlighting the lab here.

Free 3D Printing at the Escondido Library
Library patrons can now get their own items 3D printed for free at the Library. Taz is the Library's Lulzbot Taz 6 3D printer, located in the lobby. It will be printing objects submitted by patrons and you can watch it at work during the Library's open hours.

Since 2018, Taz and his brother have been used by Library staff at STEAM/STEM outreach events at local Escondido schools and the San Diego Children's Discovery Museum, as well as for events such as Star Wars Day, Dads & Donuts, Digital Petting Zoo, and many others.

The Library will host free public classes on a monthly basis for creating 3D printed objects using a free, web based platform called TinkerCAD. Classes will be held on the last Friday of the month at 4 p.m. While classes are free, space is limited and registration is required at www.escondidolibrary.org/register.

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January 16, 2020

Nominations Sought for City Council Awards
Each year the Escondido City Council recognizes people who have made significant contributions to improving the quality of life in Escondido through volunteer service.
If you have an individual, group, or organization in mind who has impacted the City in a positive way in 2019, please consider submitting a nomination by Monday, January 27, 2020. The form can be found here:
https://www.escondido.org/council-awards.aspx Award winners are selected by the City Council. There will be a total of four City Council awards and one Mayor’s award. Awards will be presented at the State of the City Address on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. 

Downtown Wi-Fi Upgrade
The City has just finished a project to upgrade the “Escondido Downtown Wi-Fi” network. The wireless network covers downtown Escondido from Juniper Street to Orange Street along Grand Avenue. It also covers the areas around City Hall, Grape Day Park and the Escondido Public Library. Over 35 wireless access points have already been upgraded from older Cisco Meraki equipment to newer Ubiquiti Unifi equipment.
These upgrades have resulted in better speed and reliability of this free public wireless network. The City has provided this free public wireless for the benefit of Downtown Escondido businesses, visitors, and residents for over 15 years, and we take pride in ensuring that it keeps up with the times. With these upgrades in place, we are ensuring that this network is ready to meet the increased data demands we expect to see as our community continues to embrace technology.

Library Survey
The Escondido Public Library is hosting a survey to gather feedback on future library services, collections, and programs. Take the survey at: www.escondidolibrary.org

Board and Commission Recruitment
The City of Escondido is seeking volunteers to serve on various Boards and Commissions. Interested citizens who would like to apply may file an application with the City Clerk’s Office no later than February 14, 2020.
Applications are being accepted for:

  • Building Advisory & Appeals Board
  • Historic Preservation Commission
  • Library Board of Trustees
  • Planning Commission
  • Public Art Commission
  • Transportation & Community Safety Commission

Terms of Office, meeting times and subject matters are outlined in a Handbook available at the City Clerk’s Office or on the City’s at: https://www.escondido.org/boards-commissions.aspx 

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January 9, 2020

Escondido Hero Banners Now Available
The Escondido Hero Banner Program honors men and women who serve, or have served, in the U.S. Armed Forces by offering personalized banners that will be hung from approximately Memorial Day (mid-May) to Veterans Day (mid-November) in Downtown Escondido along Grand Avenue, 2nd Avenue and Valley Parkway.
The order period for 2020 is now open!
For questions or more information visit:
https://www.escondido.org/herobanner.aspx or call (760) 839-4815.  

Escondido Library Receives Early Learning Stations and Tablets
The Escondido Library Foundation has generously donated six new AWE Early Learning Stations and six new AWE Early Learning Tablets to the Library!
The stand-alone stations have the latest educational software, a touchscreen interface and are bilingual in English and Spanish. These AWE Early Learning Stations and Tablets support school readiness and literacy in the community. The tablets are useful for a more hands-on learning experience for families when they visit the library. The tablets are for use inside the library with a valid library card.
For more information about library events and programs visit: www.escondidolibrary.org 

American Red Cross Offers Free Smoke Alarm Installations
The Red Cross responds to a local disaster like a home fire nearly once a day in our region and every eight minutes nationwide. Working smoke alarms make a lifesaving difference. Don’t forget, smoke alarms need to be replaced every 10 years, so if you haven’t replaced your smoke alarms since 2010, act now! If you need smoke alarms in your home, please request a free smoke alarm installation visit from the Red Cross at www.SoundTheAlarm.org/SanDiego or call 619-354-9609.

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