City of Escondido


Weekly Activity Report

March 15, 2018


School Safety: Our Collective Efforts
Police Chief Craig Carter has been working closely with our local schools both private and public to discuss school safety. This working group has had two meetings to discuss recent nationwide school threats and our response to those threats. The safety of our community’s schools is of the highest priority. The school representatives are discussing all options, including potential plans for future collaboration and continued training on school and student safety. 

New LED Lights at the Escondido Sports Center
The Escondido Sports Center, located within Kit Carson Park, recently received upgraded LED lights around the exterior of the main building.  This major improvement, going from existing 20-year-old sodium lighting to LED lighting, creates a light and bright environment in the evening hours. The Sports Center is open Monday – Sunday, serving the public until 10 p.m.; not only do the lights provide safety and security of patrons and staff, but also improve the overall function of the center and the various programs offered in Hockey, Soccer, and Skate park.  A big thank you to Building Maintenance for making this important project happen! 

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March 8, 2018


Help Shape the Future of Your Library
On Tuesday, March 13th, the Escondido Public Library Strategic Planning Community Advisory Committee (SPCAC) will hold the first meeting to help plan the future of your public library. SPCAC participants will identify current community needs, create goals for the future and strategize appropriate steps needed to achieve these goals. This group will be instrumental in envisioning the next five years for Escondido Public Library, and beyond. The meeting will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Turrentne Room at the Library. For more information, visit, email or call 760-839-4601.  

Channel Improvements on the Horizon!
Another step closer on the Spruce Street Channel Improvement project occurred this week with the permit issued from the Regional Water Quality Control Board.  Design is nearly 100% complete.  Army Corps of Engineers and California Department of Fish and Wildlife concurrence is expected within the next month and the project should be out to bid shortly thereafter if the remaining permits are issued as expected.   

New “Opportunity Zones” Designated in Escondido
The federal tax bill passed at the end of last year allows the governors of each state to designate eligible census tracts as Opportunity Zones (OZ). Investments made by individuals through special funds in these zones would be allowed to defer or eliminate federal taxes on capital gains. 

The recently released California OZ map shows two zones designated in central Escondido. The City has provided comments in support of our designations to the governor’s office, which has a public input period open until March 15. Staff will continue to monitor the program to see how it can be leveraged to attract and expand business and development in Escondido. 

More information and an interactive map is on the web at 

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March 1, 2018


Mayor Sam Abed Hosts State of the City
On Wednesday, February 28 the Mayor and Escondido Chamber of Commerce hosted the State of the City at the California Center for the Arts. 

Watch the full presentation at:

(link here)

Watch “Experience Escondido” a video highlighting all the City has to offer at:

(link here)

Burn Institute Fill-the-Boot Event
The Escondido Firefighters Association joined 29 other fire departments in the county by participating in the annual “fill-the-boot” fund drive for the San Diego Burn Institute on March 1. The two locations in Escondido were at Hwy 78 and Broadway and at I-15 and Via Rancho Pkwy. 

The fund raising efforts support the Burn Institute which provides programs to prevent burn injuries and services to support victims of burn injuries 

More information can be found at: 

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February 22, 2018


Girl Scouts Help Navigate Kit Carson Park Trails
Local Girl Scout Troop #4034 has been working with the Community Services Department to achieve the goal of helping people easily navigate the trails of Kit Carson Park. The purpose of the project is to develop trail names, distances, and a new trail map system in order to enhance trail users of the amazing terrain located in Escondido.  This sustainable community idea came from the Girl Scouts who will be awarded their Silver Award when it is complete. 

The first phase of the project included the trail signs and were just installed last week.  A total of thirteen trail signs complete with names and directional arrows are now posted on the trail system.  The second phase of the project is to develop an overall park map including the trails, which will be unveiled in Spring 2018.  

New Use for the ReportIt! App
Residents and employees can now use the ReportIt! App to notify staff about water use violations and improper storm drain discharges. Reports generated in these new categories will go directly to the appropriate staff and addressed efficiently. 

Download the ReportIt! App from your smartphones app store today to report issues such as graffiti, potholes, streetlights, abandoned shopping carts and other code violations. 

City Receives Award for 2017/18 Budget Document
The City received national recognition for its 2017/18 Annual Operating Budget document and was awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).  The City also submitted its budget document for the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (CSMFO) Budget Awards Program, which is designed to recognize those agencies whose budget document meet certain statewide standards and requirements. This program has two levels of awards.  The first level is the “Meritorious Budget Award”, which requires the entity to meet a very specific list of criteria defined by CSMFO. The second level is the “Operating Budget Excellence Award”, which requires that the organization meet even higher criteria that effectively enhances the usability of the document. We are pleased to announce that the City has received the “Operating Budget Excellence Award” for fiscal year 2017/18. 

Love your Heart Blood Pressure Screenings
The 2018 Love Your Heart Event was held in Escondido on Wednesday, February 14 at multiple locations throughout the City. The Park Avenue Community Center performed 66 screenings total! During the duration of the event 169 people were screened across the City. Thank you to all that volunteered their time! 


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