City of Escondido


Sam Abed, Mayor

Sam Abed, Mayor

 Sam Abed - Mayor of Escondido

201 North Broadway. Escondido. CA 92025 Email: Tel: 760-839-4610


Lived in Escondido with his wife Mona and two daughters since 1987

Spent 12 years successful career with IBM worldwide - 1974 to 1987

Founder, President, Abed Corporation, Pacific West Consulting since 1987

Mayor, Elected in 2010 and 2014. City Councilmember 2004 to 2010
City Council Committees: San Diego Association of Government (SANDAG)
Board, Regional Planning, Transportation, Local Formation Commission
(LAFCO), Escondido Economic Development and Workforce Development
San Diego Economic Development Corporation - Board Member
San Diego Workforce Investment Board - Former Board Member
Escondido Chamber of Commerce - Chairman 2002
East Valley and Mercado Business Associations - Founder, Past Chairman
Escondido Marketing Committee - Former Board Member
Escondido Police Citizen Patrol - Former Volunteer
Escondido Charitable Foundation - Former Member
Provided 10 Education Alliance Grants to local Escondido schools
Escondido Rotary Club since 1988 - Paul Harris Member
IBM Engineer of the Year Award - 1983

Escondido Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year - 1999
Escondido Police Award for National Night Out Against Crime - 1999
Escondido City Council Achievement Recognition Award - 2001
Escondido City Council Business Leader of the Year Award - 2003
East Valley Business Association Volunteer of the Year Award - 2004
Mercado Business Association Leadership Star of Excellence Award- 2005
Top 50 People To Watch Award - North San Diego County Magazine - 2005
Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen of the Year - 2013
Associated Builders & Contractors Excellence in Leadership Award - 2014

Plays Tennis - Fluent in 3 languages - Traveled to 25 countries.


A Message From Mayor Abed

The Escondido City Council is preparing to begin their recruitment for volunteers to serve on eight boards and commissions.  Vacancies will occur on all of the following:  Building Advisory and Appeals Board; Community Services Commission; Historic Preservation Commission; Library Board of Trustees; Personnel Board of Review; Planning Commission; Public Art Commission; and Transportation and Community Safety Commission. 

For the most part, the qualifications to serve are residency within the geographic boundaries of the General Plan.   

The Planning Commission and Historic Preservation Commission require a resume to assure that you have specific expertise.   The Library Board requires either residency or that you work within the geographic boundaries of the General Plan, and the Public Art Commission requires that you either reside or have a business within the designated boundaries. 

Meeting times and frequency vary, depending on the commission, and the term of office is four years, with the exception of the Library Board, which has a three-year term and youth member on the Community Services Commission, who serves a one-year term.   The application period will begin on January 2, 2018 with a closing date of Friday, February 16, 2018. 

More information is available on the City’s website at or by calling the City Clerk’s Office at 760-839-4617.