September 15, 2022

Clean Up Day at Dixon Lake

I Love A Clean San Diego and the City of Escondido Recycling Division are co-hosting Coastal Cleanup Day at Dixon Lake this Saturday, September 17, from 9 a.m. to noon. In addition to collecting trash and recyclables along shorelines, creek paths, and surrounding trails, volunteers will fill out data cards identifying the litter. Each group picks its card carrier, who will tally everything the group collects. Bags, gloves, and water will be provided, but we encourage participants to bring their own reusable gloves and water bottles. Please wear closed-toe shoes. Advance registration is preferred. For complete details and to register online, please visit


Small Business Grants

Small Business Grants: In 2021, Escondido City Council authorized two grant programs: A facade improvement program aimed at addressing ongoing concerns with the physical appearance of the downtown and commercial areas and a CPTED program aimed at addressing the impacts of homeless encampments and civic disorder.

These grants are funded using Federal money allocated to the City of Escondido through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021. The City Council established these programs to provide matching grants to business and property owners that wish to renovate, enhance, and improve highly visible buildings along core commercial corridors throughout the City. The City recognizes that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses have suffered financially and struggled to keep up with or improve their facades. These funds are a way to address some of these challenges and restore vibrancy and further preservation to our community.

Learn more about eligible improvements and the requirements:






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Escondido Businesses and Resources in the News:

Thousands rediscover Escondido history at Grape Day Festival The Coast News Group

Chamber, DBA partner to produce street fair Oct. 16 Escondido Times-Advocate

Black Rock Coffee Bar Set to Open in Escondido, California on September 16, 2022 Cision PR Newswire

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Data Corner:

Did you know that households in Escondido earn a median yearly income of $71,579? Check out the data below!




Trespasser at Church Arrested

On September 4, 2022, a man was trespassing at a local church. The churchgoers called police because they were trying to have services and the man was not leaving. When an officer arrived, the man yelled at the officer, looked like he wanted to fight, and then ran. An off-duty San Diego Sheriff's Deputy was also attending services at the church, and he helped the officer successfully arrest the man and remove him so that church could resume.

Car Jacking Suspect Apprehended

On September 7, 2022, an astute resident of the City saw a van outside of his home that appeared to have been involved in a collision. He, and other residents, kept an eye on a man that was in the neighborhood telling people that he needed help and had been in an accident. When officers arrived, they figured out the car had been carjacked in San Diego earlier that day. With the help of San Diego PD, the officer found the girl who had been carjacked and successfully arrested the man that had carjacked her.

Car Exhaust Competition Prompts Gunfire Calls

On September 10, 2022, numerous residents began calling the dispatch center. They all were concerned that they were hearing gunfire in their neighborhood. A large contingency of officers drove to the area to investigate. Using social media, a lieutenant was able to find a live stream on an event in the area. Two cars were having a machine gun exhaust competition. The cars are equipped with exhausts that are designed to backfire and sound like a machine gun. EPD was glad that it was a permitted car show and that everyone was safe.


Community Resources:

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

 Crime Data/Mapping:

 Helicopter Announcement Transcription:

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

 Megan's Law Information:

 Mental Health & Crisis Intervention:

 Access and Crisis Line: 888-724-7240

 It's Up to Us Campaign:

 Get Connected. Get Help: Dial 211

 National Drug Helpline: or call 844-289-0879

 Non-Emergency Line: 760-839-4722


August Abandoned Vehicle Data





On August 28, Escondido Fire sent two crews of three firefighters to Ramona on a mutual aid request for the Caesar fire. The fire spread to approximately 50 acres and was contained within several hours. The crews returned to quarters later that evening.

On September 5, two days after returning from the Border Fire, Escondido Fire deployed the OES brush engine with four firefighters from Station #6 (Del Dios) to the Fairview Fire in Hemet. They worked all night protecting multiple homes in the area and remained on the line until early the next morning.


Also, on September 5, Engine Captain Ryan Vierra made a great decision to break from one incident to handle another when he heard three children were locked inside of a vehicle with the engine off on an extremely hot day. His quick decision truly helped save these children.


On September 7, firefighters responded to a natural gas leak at 530 N. Midway Drive. The first arriving officer found a broken gas line. Firefighters secured the area, had neighbors shelter in place, monitored gas levels in the air and stood by with deployed hose lines until SDG&E arrived and capped the broken line.


On September 8, OES Patrol 6615 was placed on "standby" in El Cajon to assist with any local incidents. On September 7, OES 6615 was deployed to the Fairview Fire. This incident is currently at 53% containment and has burned over 28, 000 acres.


On September 11, the Escondido Police and Fire Communication Center received a report of a possible fire in the area of the 1400 block of Katella Ct. and dispatched a structure fire response. The first arriving officer reported a single story, single family residence with light smoke coming from the gable vent above the garage. Due to the potential for the fire to spread and the threat to life and property a working fire upgrade was requested. Five residents and two dogs were alerted by the functioning smoke alarms and the odor of smoke in the home. Aggressive action by the firefighters contained and controlled the fire in approximately 15 minutes. The home sustained minor fire and smoke damage and there were no injuries to firefighters or civilians. In all 4 fire engines, 1 truck company, 1 rescue ambulance and 2 Battalion Chiefs responded to the fire. A gift card was from the California Fire Foundation was provided for immediate emergency aid to the homeowner. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


Escondido Fire Prevention Inspector's participated in assemblies at the Classical Academy TK-8 campus, to speak about the two most important factors in preventing a tragic house fire: 1. Have smoke alarms that work, and 2. Have a home fire escape plan.


The students were invited to participate in a poster contest sponsored by The Escondido Fire Department, along with the San Diego Regional Fire Foundation. The contest is designed to encourage families to develop and practice their home escape plan. The winner's posters will be on display at the Fire & Water Expo at Fire Station 4 on September 24, and they will be acknowledged at the City Council Meeting on September 28 when Escondido Fire's Prevention Bureau accepts the Mayor's proclamation of Fire Prevention Week. This year celebrates the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week, which is observed every year during the week containing October 9, in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire.





Permits and Inspections:


Building Division:

  1. The counter staff conducted in-person meetings with 64 applicants, processed 51 applications, and issued 28 permits.
  2. The total permit valuation for the week was $188,589.
  3. Building inspectors completed 181 inspections.


Field Engineering Division:

1. Field Engineering processed 9 permits.

2. Field Engineering inspectors completed 57 inspections.

3. Field Engineering has 168 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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