Escondido Chamber of Commerce
720 N Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025

January 18, 2017
State of the City Address
CA Center for the Arts
7:30-10:00 a.m. 
Fubruary 22
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Dine Out Escondido!
Restaurant Week 
January 22 - 28 at 30 fantastic restaurants in historic downtown and all around Escondido!
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Escondido Public Library: New Year's Finance Workshop
Tuesday, January 24
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
For more info 
Escondido Magazine
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Lunch Bunch
February 7
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Having lunch?

Why not join other Chamber members and network.
Business After 5 Mixer
February 9
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Business After 5 is a social/networking event. Visit a host business and network with other Chamber members.

Lunch & Learn
Rescheduled Tax Workshop
New date: February 16



Rorie Johnston It is always great when our members are make the news! Here are two fine examples of amazing people and businesses in Escondido:

James Stone, Stone and Glass:

The January 2017 edition of San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles Magazine features the "Annual Stars of San Diego". The magazine recognizes local artists who, by sharing their talents and skills with the public, enrich our communities as well as places beyond San Diego County borders.

James Stone is honored to be a part of the list in this ninth year of showcasing artists.  The article highlights several of James' trademark cut and cast pieces, and his unique process of casting glass hot out of the furnace directly into the sculpted metal.

Sunny Side Kitchen:

Yelp's list of Top 100 Places to Eat in 2017 includes our very own Sunny Side Kitchen.  

The list, which features a plethora of delicious dining destinations across the country, names two San Diego spots among the best in the U.S.: Sunny Side Kitchen in Escondido and Classics Malt Shop in San Diego.

Sunny Side Kitchen serves hot paninis, sandwiches, salads, soups, cookies, craft coffee and more during breakfast and lunch hours. The eatery  nabbed the No. 51 spot on Yelp's list of the Top 100 Places to Eat in 2017 in the U.S.


Congratulations to James Stone, Stone and Glass, and Rob and Kate Carpenter, Sunny Side Kitchen! Two shining stars in Escondido!


Rorie Johnston
California Water Storage
75th District 
Marie Waldron
California's water outlook is brighter, but....

Though it's still early, this year's storms have brought increased precipitation, including heavy snowfall in the Sierras.

Our real problem isn't lack of rain, it's a lack of water storage capacity. Despite voter approval of the $7.1 billion water bond in 2014, including $2.7 billion earmarked for new dams and reservoirs, few projects are currently under way. This week I toured the $4.4 billion Sites Reservoir project north of Sacramento, which is an exception. The Sites project has been studied for decades and engineering studies are underway. Once completed, total water storage capacity in Northern California will increase by 23%, though the Southern California impact will be slight.

Whole Story

Escondido Promenade, 
1280 Auto Park Way 
January 20th 10:30 a.m. 

Set a Reminder
Breakfast with the Mayor
January 24th

The opportunity to speak with elected officials is important to our chamber businesses. That is why we host a monthly breakfast with council members. This month, join us for Breakfast with the Escondido Mayor Sam Abed. Get up to date information on our city and share your perspective with the mayor in a casual setting with other business leaders. For our new members we highly encourage you take advantage of this opportunity.

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 

Event Sponsored by    Breakfast provided by
GAC guest, District 3 Supervisor Kristin Gaspar.
February 7, 4:00pm
Escondido Chamber of Commerce 
The government affairs committee provides members an opportunity to meet with elected officials. February's guest is the newly elected County Supervisor, District 3 Kristin Gaspar. 

Gaspar has clear objectives for serving our county:
  • Help the homeless and struggling veterans.
  • Fix our roads and infrastructure.
  • Invest in keeping our communities safe.
  • Balance the budget and keep taxes low. 
  • Protect open space and the environment. 
Join us as we speak with Supervisor Gaspar about her vision for Escondido.  RSVP

GAC is a member benefit, chaired by board member Kevin S. Svetich, CLU.
Upcoming Spring Escondido Magazine

Spring is just around the corner and so is our magazine! 

The Spring issue will feature real estate and land in Escondido. We have a special Advertorial available for brokers, agents and loan officers.

Advertisement deadline: February 1  

To speak with an ad specialist, call 
Claudine or Philip at 760-745-2125

Join the Escondido Chamber Ambassadors
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Thinking about a Chamber Ambassador? Here is where you start. Submit an  online application  and save February 2nd for the Ambassador Breakfast and introduction. 

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Mark Mendoza

Where do you work and what are your responsibilities?

I am employed at Kennedy's Karne, a family owned business that my grandfather Jesus Soto started in the Imperial Valley. As it is a family business, the responsibilities are without limit, but thankfully we have an incredible staff that always pulls together as a team. 

What path did you take to arrive in your current position?

I worked my way through the ranks in literally every position and performed every duty including mopping the floors. But it didn't take me long to realize that Escondido is an amazing community, so I got to know people. Over the years I was blessed to hear stories from all walks of life and professions, and what I realized is that there were so many valuable, loyal and wonderful people that came in to my place of employment. 

I began to ask myself how we could be more involved in the community. This thought process lead us to catering for the FFCC (Friends and Family Community Connection), such an experience that was. Our catering grew to other events and the next thing you know, are in the newspaper! Year by year we experienced tremendous growth. The Escondido Chamber of Commerce played a big part in spreading the name. So, my title went from Cashier/Cook to Manager to General Manager and soon Regional General Manager as we have now expanded in the greater San Diego area. 

If you could try another job for a day, what would it be?

I would try something in law enforcement. I cannot even truly imagine what it must be like, I'm sure their rough days would give a different perspective to my rough day.

Tell us about an experience you consider part of your 15 minutes of fame?

I was featured in a nationally syndicated commercial that aired during the Simpsons back in 2002. The commercial was for DeVry. I guess you could say that was the closest 15 seconds of fame for me.

What are you passionate about?

Easy. People. I love people. I love our idiosyncrasies that make us so unique, I love the families that spend time eating together, the newlyweds discussing their big day, the Escondido Charter high school students that come in for their Large Carne Fries. People are everything and the compassion and heart they exude excites me. My favorite people, are the people I work with, they protect the store as if it was theirs, work tirelessly, come in early, leave late, rearrange their lives for the greater good. They make me so proud.