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.
Citracado Parkway Extension Project
The City of Escondido will improve Citracado Parkway from West Valley Parkway to Andreasen Drive. Improvements include a new bridge structure over Escondido Creek connecting approximately 2,100 of road between Harmony Grove Village Parkway and Andreasen Drive. The project will also add one vehicular lane, bike lanes and sidewalks in each direction between Harmony Grove Village and West Valley Parkway. These enhancements will add capacity and shorten travel times.
September is National Preparedness Month
This National Preparedness Month, we are reminding you to build your emergency kit. Don't forget to include:
- Non-perishable food and water that can last several days.
- Flashlights, radios & extra batteries.
- First aid kit.
- An emergency kit should have everything you need to survive for several days. Keeping your kit stocked with necessities like food, water, and medical care can make the difference in the face of a disaster.Ready.gov/kit
- Consider unique needs of your family. Include supplies that might be needed by pets, older adults, and those with disabilities in the event of the emergency.Ready.gov/kit
Free Museum Entry for Kids
This October, kids are free at 50+ San Diego County museums. Check out some Escondido favorites such as the California Center for the Arts, Escondido and the San Diego Children's Discovery Museum. More information at: https://sandiegomuseumcouncil.org/
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BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT UPDATES:
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Week of September 19-23
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 Economy Rich in Agriculture and Ripe in Technology Escondido Business Blog
Daily Business Report: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022 SD Metro
San Diego Startup Week to hold In-Person 4 Day StartUp Innovation Event Oct 25 -28 Across 4 Locations Startup San Diego
North County Business Briefs, September 25 The San Diego Union-Tribune
Did you know that residents spend an average of 26 minutes commuting to work? Check out the data below!
POLICE DEPARTMENT UPDATES:
Child Safety Seat Inspection
On Thursday, September 22, the traffic division sponsored a child safety seat inspection. Officers and other experts came out to check the installation of safety seats in residents vehicles. All were invited to attend, and it was great to get to hang out with community members while educating on vehicle safety. Thanks to everyone who made it a success.
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
This weekend, officers, a dispatcher, and a sergeant headed down to the Miramar Air Show for some recruiting and community engagement. They were on the flight line and got to talk to so many amazing people and show them why Escondido is a great place to work.
Abandoned Vehicle Data
FIRE DEPARTMENT UPDATES:
On Thursday September 22, five Escondido Fire Department employees were honored by the North County Business Chamber at their annual "Region's Heroes" award ceremony held at Safari Park. Captain Chris Duralde, Engineer Dom Polito, Firefighter Paramedics Kyler McFarland and Brad Kenny along with EMT Cody Satkoski were honored for their actions on April 10, 2022 while responding to a serious medical emergency 9-1-1 call at a home just south of Escondido. When they arrived at the house, crews found a male injured as the result of a large glass fermentation vessel exploding. A glass shard had lacerated the victim's neck, severed his carotid artery and injured his esophagus and trachea. The victim's injuries and the resulting blood loss were traumatic and extremely life threatening. Firefighter Paramedics stopped the flow of blood and first responder team rapidly transported the patient to the trauma center where a surgeon repaired several injured blood vessels.
On, Saturday, September 24, the Escondido Fire Department and Rincon Del Diablo Water District's Fire and Water Expo took place at Fire Station #4 located next to Kit Carson Park. This annual event was once again a huge success with over 2,000 people in attendance! In addition to the many exhibits and informative booths staffed by public and private organizations, the crowd was treated to an auto extrication demonstration where firefighters cut apart a car. Although CAL FIRE's helicopter was unavailable this year, an air ambulance from Mercy Air landed and provided tours of their airship. And of course, kids of all ages enjoyed rides on antique fire engines throughout the day!
October 9-15, 2022 is National Fire Prevention Week and this year's theme is Fire Won't Wait. Plan Your Escape. Escondido Fire teamed up with the San Diego Regional Fire Foundation to hold a "Home Fire Escape Plan" contest at one of our local schools. The students were asked to draw their home layout and show their fire escape plan, which includes two ways out of every room, smoke alarms, and the location of a meeting place outside. The winning students were recognized during the Fire and Water Expo and Joan Jones, the Executive Director of the Regional Fire Foundation, had the pleasure of awarding each of these students cash prizes. The students efforts were a great example of a simple plan to keep their families safe during a fire.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & ENGINEERING
Permits and Inspections:
- The counter staff conducted in-person meetings with 83 applicants, processed 97 applications, and issued 89 permits.
- The total permit valuation for the week was $ 500,700.
- Building inspectors completed 209 inspections.
Field Engineering Division:
1. Field Engineering processed 18 permits.
2. Field Engineering inspectors completed 77 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.