Small Business Saturday 2020


CONTACT: Amber Tarrac 760-839-4587
DATE: November 19, 2020 

City of Escondido Celebrates the 11th Annual National Small Business Saturday® as an American Express® Neighborhood Champion Escondido, CA The City of Escondido announced today that it has partnered with the Escondido Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Business Association as a member of the American Express® Neighborhood Champion Program as part of Small Business Saturday, which takes place on November 28 and all holiday season long. Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday celebrates the impact small businesses have on communities across the country.

In order to drive shoppers to Shop Small® this November 28, the City is participating in the American Express ® Neighborhood Champion Program to spotlight what spending local means to small businesses and the community $1 spent local is circulated in the community up to 56 times before leaving the community because local businesses often have strong local supply chains, spend their profits at local places and employ local people.

For example, if you spend $100 at a local small business then the business owner pays their local employees who then spend their wages at local shops. The small business owner also spends some of this $100 at a local supplier for raw goods, then the local supplier pays their local employees’ wages who then spend those wages at local shops Then local businesses spend their profits at the local level.

When you “Shop local, Support local”, dollars s pent local flow through different channels in the economy that help support the community. Let’s “Shop local, support local” every day and especially on Small Business Saturday, November 28.

Merchants and consumers can learn more about Shop Small, Small Business Saturday and how to get involved by visiting or by connecting with us on and

Mountain View Fitness Court

November 19, 2020

Escondido, CA

Yesterday, Escondido unveiled its new outdoor Fitness Court located in Mountain View Park. This capital project is a featured part of a 2020 initiative launched by National Fitness Campaign (NFC), a nationwide consulting organization that partners with cities to plan, build and fund healthy infrastructure.

Escondido has been designated the first Model City in the region, which means we will be installing five fitness courts throughout Escondido, and will be part of a greater network of Fitness Courts across the County and Southern California. The City Council approved a Capital Improvement Project in FY 2020-21 to build our next two fitness courts.

The fitness court is a seven station system that has an accompanying free mobile application to help guide a participants workouts.  In addition, the City is looking for Fitness Court Ambassadors to partner with to offer free workout classes, challenges and workshops to help residents live a happier and healthier life. For more information about the Fitness Court, and the ambassador program, visit:

City of Escondido Contact: Joanna Axelrod –

National Fitness Court Contact – Cree Larson – – 415-702-4919

Fire Prevention Week

Contact: Rick Vogt


Escondido, CA:  As Fire Prevention Week™ approaches, Escondido Fire Department reminds residents: “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!™

The Escondido Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) — the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years —to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” The campaign works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. 

According to NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Almost half (44%) of reported home fires started in the kitchen. Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.

“We know cooking fires can be prevented,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice-president of outreach and advocacy. “Staying in the kitchen, using a timer, and avoiding distractions such as electronics or TV are steps everyone can take to keep families safe in their homes.”

 The Escondido Fire Department encourages all residents to embrace the 2020 Fire Prevention Week theme.

“The most important step you should take before making a meal is to “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” said Escondido’s Fire Chief Rick Vogt. “A cooking fire can grow quickly. I have seen many homes damaged and people injured by fires that could easily have been prevented.”

The Escondido Fire Department wants to share safety tips to keep you from having a cooking fire.

  • Never leave cooking food unattended. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling. If you have to leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.
  • You have to be alert when cooking. You won’t be alert if you are sleepy, have taken medicine or drugs, or consumed alcohol that makes you drowsy.
  • Always keep an oven mitt and pan lid nearby when you’re cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan to smother the flame. Turn off the burner, and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.
  • Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and cooking fire prevention, visit

Escondido Public Library Opening with Limited Services September 21

CONTACT: Katy Duperry, 760-839-4601

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library will reopen for limited in-person services on Monday, September 21, 2020.

Library hours will be 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Holds can be picked up on the self-service shelves during Library open hours. Additionally, curbside pickup service for holds will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and Wednesdays from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. For information on how curbside pickup works, visit At this time, the Friends Book Shop, Literacy Learning Center and Pioneer Room remain closed. Donations are not being accepted at this time.

Limited services will include access to computers, printers and copiers, and WiFi. The Library now offers wireless printing, and payment for printing via credit card. Public access computers and Chromebooks will be limited to one hour of use per day. Furniture has been removed to allow for physical distancing.

Patrons will be able to browse the stacks and check out books, audio books, and DVDs. All in-person programs have been suspended, but many regular programs such as book clubs and storytimes are being held online. Visit for a full schedule of virtual events.

To promote safety and health of patrons and staff, all persons inside the Library are required to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth, and maintain six feet of physical distance. Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes will be available, and a professional cleaning crew will clean the Library twice per day.

All checked out materials can be returned 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week at the outdoor book drops, located in the Library parking lot. All returned materials are quarantined for at least five business days. No overdue fees will be charged until January 1, 2021.

For assistance, call the Library at 760-839-4683 during open hours and select the menu option for the appropriate department. You can also text the Library at 442-777-3799 or email the at For up to date information, visit


City of Escondido Accepting Business Grant Program Applications



CONTACT: Amber Tarrac

PHONE: 760-839-4587

Escondido, CA The City of Escondido has partnered with the San Diego North Economic Development Council to administer the City’s Small Business Grant Program to support our local businesses. Applications will be available in English and Spanish at 9:00am on Friday, July 17 on the San Diego North Economic Development Council’s website:

Applications in English:

 Applications in Spanish:

Grant applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until August 28, 2020 or until funds are expended, whichever occurs first. Businesses are eligible for up to $15,000 in funding for capital costs, equipment and/or supplies designed to facilitate their COVID-19 business response, commercial rent payments, and payroll costs if they meet the following criteria:

  • - Located within the City of Escondido;
  • - Hold a valid business license;
  • - Have $1,000,000 or less in gross business revenue; and
  • - Are for-profit businesses including home-based and sole proprietorships.

The goal of this program is to support Escondido businesses that suffered a financial hardship due to the Coronavirus pandemic and related public health order closures, restrictions, and subsequent reopening guidelines. This grant program is consistent with the City’s comprehensive Business Recovery Strategy and is made possible by CARES Act funding provided by the County of San Diego. For more information on this grant program and the City’s Business Recovery Strategy, visit and contact Deputy Director of Economic Development Amber Tarrac at or 760-839-4587.

Escondido Public Library Offers Curbside Pickup Service

CONTACT: Katy Duperry, 760-839-4601

Escondido, CA - During the pandemic closure, Escondido Public Library is offering Curbside Pickup Service for books, DVDs, and books on CD. Library patrons can log into the Library’s catalog at and place items on hold with their library card number and PIN. They can also place holds via phone or text at 442-777-3799, or email at Patrons are contacted once their holds are available and can pick up their items at the Library during Curbside Pickup hours. Patrons have ten days to pick up their items.

Curbside Pickup Service is available Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. When a patron arrives at the Library parking lot to pick up their items, they can call or text the Curbside Pickup line at 760-705-4602, or email Staff will check out the items and place them on the table in front of the Library for contactless curbside pickup. There are no checkout limits on items, and no overdue fees will be charged for the duration of the Library closure. Effective Monday, July 20, items will be automatically renewed (except when on hold for someone) up to three times. The book drops located in the Library parking lot are open to accept returns 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. All returned items are quarantined for 72 hours before being checked in.

The Library also offers eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming videos, and eComics. Visit to access these resources. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about the library, visit or contact Assistant Library Director, Katy Duperry, at 760-839-4601, or by e-mail at


Street-side Dining Coming to Escondido’s Grand Avenue

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                 

CONTACT: Amber Tarrac

DATE: July 9, 2020

PHONE: 760-839-4587

Street-side Dining Coming to Escondido’s Grand Avenue

Starting Friday, July 10, 2020 the City of Escondido will be reducing the travel lanes on Grand Avenue between Maple Street and Juniper Street in order to allow restaurants to create temporary outdoor dining locations. Traffic will be limited to one travel lane in each direction with the other lane serving as parking.

This effort is in response to the State’s July 7 shutdown order prohibiting indoor dining that has had an immediate impact on local businesses. City staff and the Downtown Business Association (DBA) have been working quickly to streamline the permitting process that would normally take much longer in order to assist restaurants in staying open and operating outdoors. The DBA has committed $10,000 for shade coverings, tables, and chairs to support this effort and are also reimbursing downtown businesses the $100 Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) permit fee to allow them to serve alcohol outside. The City will be providing temporary barriers in order to ensure the safety of diners and restaurant staff.

Outdoor dining supports social distancing while allowing local businesses to modify their operations in compliance with the health order. In addition to Grand Avenue, the City is working on the Business Recovery Temporary Use Permit that will assist businesses located throughout Escondido. For more information and assistance in navigating that process visit, contact Deputy Director of Economic Development Amber Tarrac at or 760-839-4587.

Redistricting Commission Nominations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         
CONTACT: Zack Beck, City Clerk, 760-839-4617


The City of Escondido will be accepting nominations for appointment to the Independent Redistricting Commission. Applications may be completed online at The deadline to submit applications is July 31, 2020.

The term of the Commission will begin December 1, 2020.

Interested applicants and individuals or organizations desiring to nominate persons for appointment to the Commission must submit an application.  The application is available online at or by request to the City Clerk at  You may also call 760-839-4617 should you have any questions.


The City of Escondido is Seeking Interested Persons to Fill a Vacancy for Member of the City Council District 2, by Appointment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   

CONTACT: Zack Beck, 760-839-4560

The City of Escondido is accepting applications for a potential appointment to the Escondido City Council to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Council Member John Masson, effective March 10, 2020.


The term of the Council seat is from the date of appointment to the next general municipal election on November 3, 2020. 


Candidates must be 18 years of age, reside within the limits of Escondido City Council District 2, and be registered to vote in the City at the time the application is accepted.  Council members must comply with all provisions of California law regarding service on a City Council of a general law city.


Candidates must submit an application, resume and proof of current voter registration status, as well as respond to

The Escondido City Council will interview candidates at their April 22, 2020 Special City Council meeting. The Council may take action at that time or within the 60-day period thereafter.


Submittals are due by April 15, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. to the City Clerk’s Office by completing the online form at the following link: or by emailing the completed application packet to, or by mailing the completed application packet to 201 N. Broadway, Escondido 92025.

City of Escondido COVID-19 Update – Monday, March 16, 2020

CONTACT: Teresa Collins

PHONE: 760-839-4507


In an effort to stay compliant with the County of San Diego Public Health Officer's latest recommendations announced March 16 at 3 p.m. the following measures are being taken within the City of Escondido:

  • A Declaration of Local Emergency has been signed by Escondido City Manager Jeffrey Epp. As a result, the City is now able to enact emergency powers, as well as potentially gain access to federal and state relief funds. This declaration will be ratified by the Escondido City Council on Wednesday, March 18.
  • The Park Avenue Community Center (located at 210 East Park Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025) is closed until further notice but the Senior Nutrition Program will remain in place with the following adjustments:
    • Senior Nutrition has transitioned to delivery and pick-up of meals only. Meals will be available for pick-up at the Park Avenue Community Center and are free for residents 60 and over. To RSVP for meal delivery call: 760-839-4803.
  • The Escondido Public Library is closed to the public until March 31.
    • All due dates have been extended until April 1. No overdue fees will accrue from March 16-31. Materials can still be returned to book drops outside the Library facility.
  • City Hall is closed to the public from March 17 – 31. Many City services can be accessed online: Community members who need to make cash utility billing payments should deposit them into the Utility Billing Drop Box located in the circle driveway at City Hall.
    • Time sensitive services such as building plan approval, engineering design review, etc. can now be done by appointment by calling:
      • Planning: 760-839-4671
      • Building: 760-839-4647
      • Code Enforcement: 760-839-4650
      • Engineering:
      • City Clerk: 442-237-1106 or
  • Dixon Lake campground reservations and fishing will be closed starting tomorrow March 17. Lake Wohlford will be closed for fishing starting March 17. Residents and visitors may still visit the lakes and grounds for recreation activities as long as they practice social distancing.
  • The Escondido Police and Fire Headquarters lobby will be closed to the public starting March 17. If you have a scheduled appointment please use the courtesy phone located at the entrance and a staff member will assist you.
  • The Public Works Administration Lobby will be closed to the public until March 31. Staff will be on-site to assist with time sensitive business.
  • The East Valley Community Center will remain closed until March 31.
  • The Escondido Sports Center will remain closed until March 31.

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