October 5, 2023

Fire Prevention Week

The Escondido Fire Department teamed up with the San Diego Regional Fire Foundation and the National Fire Protection Association, to promote this year's campaign, "Cooking safety starts with YOU". Pay attention to fire prevention The campaign works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take when cooking to keep themselves and those around them safe.


The Escondido Fire Department encourages all residents to embrace the 2023 Fire Prevention Week theme, "Cooking safety start with YOU," said Escondido Fire Chief, John Tenger. A cooking fire can grow quickly. I have seen many homes damaged and people injured by fires that could easily have been prevented.


Escondido Fire Department offers these key safety tips to help reduce the risk of a cooking fire.

1. Watch what you heat. Always keep a close eye on what you are cooking. Set a timer to remind you that you are cooking.

2. Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. Always keep a lid nearby when cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner.

3. Have a "kid- and pet-free zone" of at least 3 feet (1 meter) around the stove or grill and anywhere else hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

Washington Park Student Murals

There are four newly completed murals on Washington Park's recreation buildings, all done by local Escondido students. Read more about the partnership in The Coast News article.

Escondido unveils new student murals at Washington Park


Free E-Waste and Shred Event

Do you have shredding or E-waste you need to get rid of? Saturday, October 14 the City of Escondido and Escondido Disposal are hosting a free E-waste and shredding event in the parking lot at Emmanuel Faith Church, located at 17th Avenue and Encino Drive. The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon and you can bring up to two bankers boxes of free shredding.



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Escondido Business News

Greater Escondido Chamber of Commerce Announces Re-Organization Escondido Times Advocate

Once a no-man's land, the "Hidden Valley" has a rich history and bright future The San Diego Union Tribune

Mayor speaks to Chamber government affairs committee Escondido Times Advocate

Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Resources

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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.




Local Artist Honors PD

Artist Christine Ippolito presented a pro-law enforcement art piece she created to Chief Varso and Captain Toth this past week. The piece, entitled "Back the Blue" is meant to refresh the basic idea of patriotism. It is a 4"x 8"ACM panel that was unveiled by the Escondido Alley Art Project. The artist stated that we all need to "back the blue" or America will be in tatters, as reflected at the bottom of our flag. She also stated that these men and women are human and engage the harsher side of life with their own lives. The title in red represents a split vital force of our protectors, their blood. Christine also gifted the police department with a miniature version of her art to display at the station. The miniature version has been hung in Police Administration at the Police and Fire Headquarters.



PAL Takes 52 Kids on Ocean Fishing Trip

On Saturday, August 26, 52 Orange Glen High School students and 5 chaperones traveled to H&M Landing at Mission Bay. The group had been planning an ocean fishing trip on board the Premier, which the group had chartered with the assistance of the Police Athletic League. The group started with an outdoor safety briefing and rode via school bus to the location. At the dock, students learned how to get a fishing license, how to rent poles and toured the area.

The group went out fishing in the kelp bed areas off Point Loma and were very successful in learning to fish. The group caught 127 rock fish, 8 sheepshead, 1 Calico Bass and 40+ mackerel. In all, 47 of the 52 students caught fish. For 46 of these students, it was their first time catching a fish. There were 6 cases of seasickness, though 3 of those made a comeback to catch fish.

Other significant activities included:

Each student purchased their own lunch (a first for many);

Each student shook hands with a crew member, thanked them, and gave them a $5 tip (developing social skills).

They discussed their experience and what they felt on their way home.

22/52 students have experienced homelessness at some point in their life.

11/52 students saw the ocean for the first time in their life.

This was the first time on a boat for 51/52 students.

This was the first time to San Diego for 39/52 students.

This was the first-time fishing for 45/52 students.

This was the first time catching a fish for 47/52 students.

45/52 students stated that they would want to go again (there was probably correlation between seasickness and wanting to go again).



Community Resources

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

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

Helicopter Announcement Transcription:

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

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

Mental Health & Crisis Intervention:

Access and Crisis Line: 888-724-7240

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

Get Connected. Get Help: Dial 211

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

Non-Emergency Line: 760-839-4722




On September 26, the Escondido Fire Prevention Team teamed up with the San Diego Regional Fire Foundation to hold the 2nd Annual "Home Fire Escape Plan" contest at two of our local schools. This year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, "Cooking safety starts with YOU". Pay attention to fire prevention, works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe when cooking. Some of these cooking safety tips include being alert while cooking and making sure you have an escape plan in plan if you do have an emergency. Escape planning and practice is essential in ensuring everyone gets out of a burning house safely.


The students were asked to draw their home layout including a danger in the kitchen, and show their fire escape plan, which includes two ways out of every room, smoke alarms, and the location of a meeting place outside. Students at The Classical Academy TK-8 and Heritage Elementary were awarded their prizes during a special ceremony at each school; their teachers were also awarded $50 to spend on classroom supplies.


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Permits and Inspections:


Building Division:

1. The counter staff conducted in-person meetings with 73 applicants, processed80 applications, and issued 96 permits.

2. The total permit valuation for the week was $2,121,083

3. Building inspectors completed 225 inspections.


Field Engineering Division:


1. Field Engineering processed 13 permits

2. Field Engineering inspectors completed 63 inspections

3. Field Engineering active 212 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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