Now is the Time to Reduce Fire Hazards 

Originally Posted July 10, 2017

The risk of fire increases as temperatures rise and vegetation dries out.

With more hot, dry weather still to come, Escondido fire officials ask you to look for potential fire hazards on or around your property. Here are some items to check for:

  • Clear any combustible material, weeds, brush, trees or other vegetation (including mulch) that is, or could become, dry and catch on fire
  • Maintain plantings within one hundred feet of a structure. Doing so can slow down or redirect the movement of a fire, and it will also allow firefighters the space they need to defend your property.
  • Ensure that properties of more than one acre have one hundred feet clearance from structures and fifty feet clearance around the perimeter.
  • Store firewood a minimum of thirty feet from structures and separated from the crown of trees by a minimum of fifteen feet.

For further information, please contact the Escondido Fire Department (760) 839-5417, (760) 839-5400 or visit

Escondido City Council approves a Balanced Budget for 2017/18 

Originally Posted June 20, 2017

On June 14, 2017 the City Council adopted the City of Escondido’s Annual Operating Budget for the upcoming fiscal year.  At approximately $190 million for all operating funds, this budget is balanced without using reserves, and provides for full City operations, including a fully staffed and equipped Police and Fire Department. Since 2010, and for seven consecutive years, the City has balanced its budget without using reserves or raising taxes. The City’s Five Year Capital Improvement Program and 2017/18 Capital Improvement Project Budget will go before Council this week on Wednesday, June 21.

For more information and to view the 2017/18 Annual Operating Budget visit the City’s website at:

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Take Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge 

Originally Posted June 05, 2017

Escondido Public Library hosts the annual Summer Reading Challenge June 19, 2017 to July 31, 2017. Children, teens, and adults are encouraged to Design Your World through a variety of educational, recreational, and cultural events while reading for fun and life-long learning. Participants log reading and event participation online at to earn prizes donated by the Friends of the Library and local businesses. Anyone can take part in the program from home, on a mobile device, or by using Library computers. Family registration has been added as a new feature this year, offering a convenient, streamlined, user-friendly process for the entire family to log their progress. 

Programs for children, babies, and families include special storytimes, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM)-themed craft events, a Mad Science show, a tween book club discussion, and John Abrams Animal Magic Show. Teen events include a screen printing workshop, talent show, and Burritos and Book Club chat exploring books by authors who designed their own special worlds.  Adult programs include flower arranging techniques, book discussions, and a special local history lecture that explores the past, present, and future of Escondido. 

For more information on the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge: Design Your World, including program dates and times, prizes, sponsors, and rules for participation, visit Summer Reading events are free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and local businesses. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.


Originally Posted May 29, 2017

Escondido participates in six Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs that allow commercial and residential property owners to finance 100% of their renewable energy projects through long-term, low-cost financing that is re-paid through their existing property tax bill. 

These six programs are:

 For more information about these programs please visit the city’s website at


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