September 28, 2023



Water Rates Community Meeting

We've seen conversations on social media regarding water rates in Escondido. Our Utilities staff will be hosting a community meeting about the proposed rates and staff will be prepared to answer your questions. No RSVP is required.


Thursday, September 28

6 p.m. in the Mitchell Room at City Hall



New Student Murals in Washington Park

May be an image of text that says 'Join us for the unveiling of the latest Washington Park Student Murals September 30 10 a.m. 501 N Rose Street'Join us for the unveiling of the latest Washington Park student murals. The art is part of a program between the Escondido Union High School District, the City, and the Public Art Commission.

September 30 at 10 a.m. in Washington Park. Located at 501 N. Rose Street.


Our hope is that this program will continue to enhance Escondido's vibrant public art scene and promote and foster our youth artists. For questions, please reach out to Danielle Lopez at


Ray Love Tennis Center Improvements

A person in a safety vest pushing a wheelbarrowDescription automatically generatedThe City of Escondido Public Works Department recently finished improvements to the Ray Love Tennis Center. Over time, trees planted around the facility damaged the viewing areas for spectators, causing potential tripping hazards and drainage concerns. Public Works Crews came up with an innovative solution using special forms and reinforced concrete materials to not only preserve the health of the trees, but provide a safe, long-lasting surface for many generations to enjoy. Next time you're at Kit Carson Park, make sure you visit this amazing facility!







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Escondido Business News

Kerrigan Advisors Represents Gosch Auto Group in Sale of Gosch Ford Escondido Business Wire

Love crab? Here are three new North County boil restaurants for crustacean-lovers The San Diego Union Tribune

Students learn skills, career potentials through Palomar Health Foundation program North Coast Current


Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Resources

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Free Online Webinars

Marketing Power Hour (English/Espanol) 10/2/23 from 5- 6 p.m.

Selling with Stories: The Power of Good Copy 10/3/23 from 3 - 4:30 p.m.

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City of Escondido Economic Development Contacts

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Thinking about starting a business? Already have a business and need additional support? Have a property and looking for tenants or starting improvements? Reach out and we can help you navigate City and community resources to achieve your goals.

The Economic Development Team are always available to help with questions or connecting you to the right resources. Do not hesitate to reach out!

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Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Review

On June 7, 2023 the Escondido City Council approved the 2023-2028 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). This document outlines data and community feedback about the City's economy and outlines a five-year plan to improve the local economy.

Let's dive into the first section of the CEDS which takes a deep look at the City's Economic Data:

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Most workers who commute into Escondido live either in or near the City, with a significant number coming from areas along two primary routes SR-78 to the coast and I-15 going north-south inland. This means a significant number of Escondido workers originate in Riverside County. A modest number also come from East County suburbs like El Cajon and Santee, and some from as far as San Ysidro and National City near the US-Mexico border.




Shop with a Cop BBQ fundraiser


Last week, the Escondido Police Department hosted a barbecue fundraiser to benefit the Shop with a Cop program. Bimbo's Bakery was out cooking hot dogs and hamburgers, and our cadets and professional staff were on hand to help. This year's host, National City Police Department, collected all the proceeds and they were able to raise over $2000. This will help the over 300 officers from over 30 different agencies who will partner with a deserving child for a fun filled day of private animal shows at Sea World and a $200 Target shopping spree in December.

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Beer Thieves Caught

Back in August, a group of four subjects stole beer from a local grocery store. One of them threatened to pepper spray an employee when they tried to intervene. The investigating officer took photographs of the suspects from video surveillance. Last week that officer and another officer saw a group carrying beer and thought they looked like the same suspects from the previous robbery. The three were detained and then confirmed to be the same suspects from the photographs.




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







Throughout the month of September, Escondido Firefighters have been participating in North Zone Training preparing and using the rope rescue techniques. Crews took part in simulating the rescue of a victim who had fallen off the Bonsall Bridge. Incidents such as these often require resources and expertise from multiple agencies. North Zone Training provides the opportunity to train with our neighboring agencies in preparation for these challenging incidents.


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On September 20, the Police and Fire Communication Center received a call from the Escondido Rangers to report a man in the flood control channel underneath N. Broadway. Fire crews arrived on scene and located the patient who sustained an injury to his leg and was unable to walk. Crews prepared the rope rescue technique to safely enter the channel, secure and stabilize the patient. The patient was then transported in stable condition with minor injuries.


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On September 23, Escondido Fire Department, along with Rincon Del Diablo Water District hosted the 25th annual Fire & Water Expo at Fire Station #4. Over 1,000 people visited and enjoyed displays and booths highlighting Fire Prevention and Preparedness, a vehicle extrication (hydraulic tool -Jaws of Life) demo, helicopter landing, dunk tank, yummy food and many more activities. A big Thank You to all the staff and volunteers who worked to put this fantastic event together for the community to enjoy!


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Permits and Inspections:


Building Division:

  • The counter staff conducted in-person meetings with 83 applicants, processed 94 applications, and issued 73 permits.
  • The total permit valuation for the week was $509,886.00
  • Building inspectors completed 204 inspections.


Field Engineering Division:


Field Engineering processed 28 permits

Field Engineering inspectors completed 45 inspections

Field Engineering active 209 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



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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