October 6, 2022


Escondido Trunk or Treat

One of your favorite events, the Escondido Trunk or Treat hosted by the Escondido Police Department is back on Saturday, October 29!

They are looking for volunteers to decorate vehicles and pass out candy. If interested, click here.



Faces of the Water Industry - Adrian Alarid

The San Diego County Water Authority recently shared the Faces of the Water Industry campaign. They highlighted water professionals from all over the County, including Adrian Alarid, Plant Systems Technician at the City of Escondido. They asked Adrian: What advice would you give someone interested in a career in the water industry? -Get in now! This industry provides a lifelong career path. There are so many different jobs and certifications to learn about and explore. All education and skill sets can find a great job in water. Read more at: waternewsnetwork.com/faces-of-the-water-industry-work-for-water/


Star Wars Reads Day

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Escondido College & Career Fair

The Escondido Union High School District is hosting a College & Career Fair on Monday, October 17, 5-7 p.m. at San Pasqual High School. It's free and open to all high school students and the community. More than 50 colleges, apprenticeship program representatives, and military branches will be present and available to share information.


Informational stations:

o Financial aid

o CSU/UC requirements

o CTE programs

Opportunity drawings

Food will be available for purchase

For more information visit www.euhsd.org.



AgTech Startup Hackathon

Escondido's rich agricultural history has cemented its position as a key farming community in San Diego County. But its agricultural make-up goes far beyond the traditional citrus, avocado, and grape crops that have colored the city hills since the early 1900s. Today, Escondido's agricultural industry has evolved to include specialty crops, sustainable farming systems, and technology that saves water, increases output, and conserves energy. This diverse ecosystem has made Escondido a unique and bustling location to support AgTech efforts in Southern California.


Residents and Escondido neighbors can get involved in growing the local AgTech scene at the AgTech Startup Hackathon event weekend. Taking place October 21-23, the event will bring together farmers, technologists, community leaders, engineers, and more to enjoy a jam-packed agenda that focuses on food system problems and innovative solutions.





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Business Licensing Data:

Week of September 26-30

Escondido Events:

Dozens of Entrepreneurs, Mentors, Farmers, Investors, Students, Community Leaders-Three Incredible Days! Check out the event details here.


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Escondido Business News:

Escondido incubator could revive North County's ag industry. UC could be partner The San Diego Union-Tribune

City of Escondido's AgTech Hackathon and Push for Farming Innovation Coming Oct. 21-23 Times of San Diego

Escondido Locksmith Celebrates 36 Years Of 24/7 Service Digital Journal

Dutch Bros Coffee coming to Escondido The Coast News Group

Palomar Health launches nurse advice line for all local residents Becker's Hospital Review

Review: AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' brings charm and energy at CCAE Theatricals Broadway World San Diego

Data Corner:

Check out Escondido's tax data below!




Guns and Hoses

The police department teamed up with the fire department again to host the Guns and Hoses event. The participants either won or purchased their tickets through a variety of fund-raising events throughout the year. They started their morning at the EPD range, where they were given a gun safety class and then got to shoot a variety of weapons. Later they headed to police and fire headquarters for some delicious sandwiches. Afterwards, they went to enjoy their afternoon with members of the fire department.


Domestic Violence

Last week, officers were called to a residence because of a domestic violence situation that was occurring. The officers discovered that the man at the residence was currently out on bail for a previous domestic violence incident. There was also a temporary restraining order against the man, protecting the woman that lived there. Officers arrived and had to force the door open because no one would answer. The woman was home and came out when the officers forced in the front door. She admitted a fight had occurred with her boyfriend and she had injuries. The man was found hidden in a closet and he was arrested. Unfortunately, these types of calls are too common and dangerous for the victims and the officers.

Fire and Water Expo

Officers from the traffic unit and analysts from the forensic science unit attended the Fire and Water Expo at Kit Carson Park. Thanks to the Fire Department and Rincon del Diablo Fire District for hosting the event. There was lots of information on safety plans and preparedness.


Community Resources:

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

Crime Data/Mapping: https://www.crimemapping.com/

Helicopter Announcement Transcription:

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

Megan's Law Information: https://www.meganslaw.ca.gov/

Mental Health & Crisis Intervention:

o Access and Crisis Line: 888-724-7240

o It's Up to Us Campaign: www.Up2sd.org

o Get Connected. Get Help: Dial 211

National Drug Helpline: https://drughelpline.org/contact/ or call 844-289-0879

Non-Emergency Line: 760-839-4722

Abandoned Vehicle Data





On Thursday, September 29, Fire Captain Matt Collins was deployed to the Mosquito Fire in the Sierra Nevada Mountains northeast of Placerville. Captain Collins arrived safely Friday afternoon and joined the team of Firefighters from three different North County Fire Departments that will be supporting fire suppression repair operations in a Rapid Extraction Module (REM). REM is a specialized rescue team intended to extract injured Firefighters, operating in rugged terrain inaccessible by vehicle or helicopter. Suppression repair is often done after high intensity wildland fires to prevent future flooding, mudslides, and rockslides. This work accounts for as many serious injuries to Firefighters as fighting the fire.


On Friday, September 30, Firefighters from Fire Station #2 and Fire Prevention Specialist Robyn Taylor participated in a public education event at Community Lutheran Church and School. September was Good Samaritan month at the school, where the students learned about community helpers. Escondido Fire was one of several "community helpers" groups to visit the school, including the Sheriff's Office and a local veterinarian.



On Saturday, October 1, Firefighters at Fire Station #1 hosted 15 members of the public for a "Guns and Hoses" event. Those in attendance purchased tickets for the event via raffle or silent auction at various fundraising events during the last year. The group arrived after spending the morning with Escondido Police Officers, lunch at Police and Fire Headquarters followed by firefighting activities at the training tower at Station #1. Participants received a tour of the fire station, orientation to fire apparatus, tools, and equipment, and demonstrations of firefighting techniques. Participants were also able to experience the capabilities of our 100-foot aerial ladder and use tools such as the thermal imaging cameras in a simulated smoke filled environment.


The 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15, 2022.This year's campaign, Fire Won't Wait. Plan Your Escape works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from home fires. In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely. Escape planning and practice is essential in ensuring everyone gets out of a burning house safely. This year, the Escondido Fire Department, along with the San Diego Regional Fire Foundation recently sponsored a poster contest at The Classical Academy in Escondido, to encourage families to develop and practice their home fire escape plan. The winning students were recognized at the City Council meeting on September 28, when Fire Prevention Specialist, Alexandra Vasquez, accepted the Fire Prevention Week Proclamation from Mayor McNamara.





Permits and Inspections:


Building Division:

  1. The counter staff conducted in-person meetings with 95 applicants, processed 116 applications, and issued 100 permits.
  2. The total permit valuation for the week was $ 1,460,494.
  3. Building inspectors completed 169 inspections.


Field Engineering Division:

1. Field Engineering processed 10 permits.

2. Field Engineering inspectors completed 76 inspections.

3. Field Engineering has 163 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 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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