May 5, 2022

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Cruisin' Grand 2022

Cruisin' Grand is back! The 2022 season of this Escondido hit event returns this tomorrow, May 6. The event runs every Friday night through September.


Cruisin' Grand is known for awesome cars, live music and fun family memories. Learn more at



cid:99E06D0C-AA9D-456C-9537-DE05DE054F98Escondido Arbor Day

This past weekend the City hosted a very successful Arbor Day event where 93 volunteers came out to plant 100 trees. These trees include a variety of Crape Myrtle, Eastern Redbuds, and Little Gem Magnolias and can be found along E. Mission Ave in our "flower street" corridor.


This event was held in conjunction with the revamp of the Urban Forestry website and the City's Free Tree Program; where residents can request a tree to be planted within a City right of way or adjacent to their property. Details on the program as well as general information on the Escondido Urban Forest can be found at




Mother�s Day Home Tour

The 23rd annual Mother's Day Historic Home Tour is back! They will have 5 unique homes and businesses on the tour this year. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You won't want to miss this one. Get your tickets at

The Escondido Discussion

The City of Escondido invites you to a presentation on The Escondido Discussion.

Join us for one of the following dates and provide your feedback:

May 11 at noon on Zoom and Broadcast on Ch.19/99

Zoom Links:


As part of this year's budget process and to further engage Escondido residents CityWide, the City has launched The Escondido Discussion to hear local community priorities and City service needs. The City is continuing to recover from the long-term effects of COVID and potentially faces an $8 million budget gap this year, we want to hear from YOU what local priorities you have and the City services you rely on as we strive to continue to provide the level of service residents expect and deserve.


Some of the priorities your neighbors identified include:

  • Addressing homelessness
  • Attracting businesses and jobs to the City
  • Improving public safety and police services
  • Maintaining and repairing local streets, roads and sidewalks
  • Keeping public areas clean and free of graffiti


Now we want to hear from YOU! Please take a moment to join The Escondido Discussion.


Summer School Offered for EUHSD Students

The Escondido Union High School District (EUHSD) is offering summer school for students June 13 through July 8 this year at Orange Glen High School. Summer school is available for students who attend Escondido, Orange Glen, and San Pasqual high schools and offers students the opportunity to recover credits. Classes will take place Monday through Friday and two in-person sessions will be available, 8:00 to 11:45 a.m. and 12:15 to 4:00 p.m. There will be no school June 20 and July 4. In addition to the opportunity to recover credits, students can retake classes that require a C or higher to stay on the A-G track. A-G classes are required to be eligible for admission to the California State University and University of California systems. Extended school year classes are also available for students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Families can learn more and complete the summer school interest form by visiting, their school websites, or talking to their student's counselor.







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Drug Overdose

On April 26, officers responded to a call of a death by overdose. The victim was found slumped over in the backseat of a truck. A needle was found under the driver's seat and a meth pipe was found in the storage pocket on the back of the front seat.


Also, on April 26 and just a few blocks away from the previous incident, another overdose occurred. The male suspect was found on his bed next to a white powdery substance. He was pronounced dead at the scene. There was also a female suspect who was transported to Palomar Medical Center for treatment. She had overdosed as well.


Sexual Battery

On April 27, officers were dispatched to a sexual battery call. The suspect asked the victim a question about her pants and then grabbed her buttocks and fled the scene. Officers located and detained the suspect. The victim positively identified the suspect and desired prosecution. The suspect has prior arrests for lewd and lascivious acts and indecent exposure.


Did You Know?

According to RAINN, every 68 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted.

Hotline: 800-656-HOPE


Community Resources:

Anonymous Tip Line: 760-743-8477 (TIPS)

Crime Data/Mapping:

Helicopter Announcement Transcription:

o Call 858-866-4356 or text "Hello" to 858-866-4356

Megan's Law Information:

Mental Health & Crisis Intervention:

o Access and Crisis Line: 888-724-7240

o It's Up to Us Campaign:

o Get Connected. Get Help: Dial 211

National Drug Helpline: or call 844-289-0879

Non-Emergency Line: 760-839-4722



San Diego Church of Christ Donation

On April 24, San Diego Church of Christ donated 100 goody bags to the Police Department. Thank you for your generosity!











John Paul the Great Catholic University

Sergeant Chris Leso and Dispatcher Hannah Kearney were featured in John Paul the Great Catholic University's Student Life Newsletter after a visit to the University.







On April 24, the Escondido Police & Fire Communication Center received a report of a possible fire in the pool room structure at the River Walk Apartments located on Morning View Drive. The first arriving Fire Captain quickly determined that the fire was actually located in the Reidy Creek vegetation behind the apartment complex. The fire appeared to originate from a homeless encampment and was extinguished with several minutes. Firefighters remained on scene for another hour to thoroughly mop up the involved.


On April 25, the Escondido Police & Fire Communication Center received a report of a vegetation fire on Centre City Parkway, underneath the Highway 78 overpass. The path of the fire rose from the shoulder of Centre City Parkway up the 25 embankment to 78 freeway. Prior to firefighter's arrival, several people had stopped and used fire extinguishers to contain the fire. The remaining grass fire was extinguished and mopped up by firefighters. Escondido Police, who arrived on scene first, detained a possible arson suspect. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


On April 26, the Escondido Police & Fire Communication Center received a report of a structure fire on Cheyenne Lane. Four engines, one ladder truck, one rescue ambulance and one Battalion Chief responded. The first arriving Engine Captain reported a working fire to the rear of the residence. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the fire had originated in the backyard and had burned into the home. Firefighters extinguished the fire, both inside and outside of the residence. The bedroom and the external side of the home sustained moderate damage. One adult male was transported by ground ambulance to UCSD Medical Center with burns to his hands and face. SDG&E responded to assist with securing gas and electric utilities. The cause and origin of the fire is under investigation.


On April 30, the crew from Fire Station #5 (Felicita) were recognized by the Escondido American Legion for their lifesaving efforts during a medical incident that took place in December 2021. In the early morning hours of December 26, 2021, a local resident was experiencing severe chest pain and called 911. Captain John Fryday, Engineer Michael Mellon, Firefighters Eric Roberts and Christopher Newby and EMT Juan Ramirez arrived at the residence and quickly diagnosed that the patient was suffering from a massive heart attack. The team treated the patient with medications at his home and then transported him to Palomar Medical Center where patient received a coronary artery stint. The patient made a full recovery and attended the awards ceremony to honor and thank the crew.








Permits and Inspections:


Building Division:

1. The counter staff conducted in-person meetings with 105 applicants, processed 84 applications, and issued 70 permits.

2. The total permit valuation for the week was $10,784,668.

3. Building inspectors completed 243 inspections.


Field Engineering Division:

1. Field Engineering processed 15 permits

2. Field Engineering inspectors completed 155 inspections

3. Field Engineering has 237 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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