January, 25 2017 
Dine Out Escondido!
Restaurant Week 
January 22 - 28 at 30 fantastic restaurants in historic downtown and all around Escondido!
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Escondido State of the City Address
CA Center for the Arts
7:30-10:00 a.m. 
February 22
Be a Table Sponsor
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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

 February 9
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Business After 5 is a social/networking event. Visit a host business and network.
Lunch & Learn
Come to H&R Block's Tax Workshop
light lunch included
February 16
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
State of the District Address

California Center for the Arts
Center Theater 340 
Escondido Blvd.
February 27
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Escondido Chamber
Chamber building
Rorie Johnston
Nine months ago, I was asked by the Escondido Union School District to participate on a task force addressing declining enrollment. At first, I hesitated to commit, as I do not have school aged children and it has been a number of years since I attended school. However, quality education IS important to the business community as we rely on the next generation to fill the work force demands. 

This task force meet quarterly, with the first meeting identifying and categorizing the possible reasons student enrollment was declining. Across the state, enrollment is declining as a result of families leaving California and a lower birth rate.

But what about the other reasons? The ones we CAN change?

Escondido is over a hundred twenty five years old, hence, old schools that are in need of major repair and updating. EUSD recognized this issue and successfully passed a bond to address the major architectural concerns and update the campuses to current standards. This is a multi-year project, but a good amount of work has already been accomplished on many of the campuses. 

Student safety was also a major concern, which a portion of the bond funding is addressing, from better campus security barriers to in-depth program for on campus staff working directly with students to curtail bullying and create a culture of safety. 

The other factor, "competition". 

There are simply more choices for students today. Not every student fits the "cookie cutter mold of education" that has defined the traditional schools for...decades...!   
The school district recognizes this challenge and has made great strides in specializing education. QUANTUM Academy is a shining example of choices in education. 

Also, and perhaps the most important external factor, is getting the good word out! When the only choice was the traditional public school, or the private high priced tuition school, marketing was not needed. Not so now. EUSD will be reaching out to their "customer" base, sharing the good news, and showing the quality of education through unique programs that is part of EUSD's traditional school offering.

I am proud of the EUSD for recognizing an issue, gathering a diversified group of city leaders, and taking the information to heart. EUSD is hosting, for the first time ever, a State of the District Address on February 27th. The link to RSVP is in the left column. I hope you come!  


Rorie Johnston
Officer of the Month
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has selected Lieutenant Al Owens, of the Escondido Police Department, as the recipient of its Officer of the Month Award for January 2017.

Lieutenant Al Owens, now retired, dedicated 20 years of his life to law enforcement, and in that time has worn many hats. He also won the Escondido Police Department's Police Officer of the Year award in 2003 and again in 2009. But it's his community service to the children that has stood out.  Full Story
City Council approves Water Treatment Plant
On January 11, the Escondido City Council approved of the  Conditional Use Permit for the City's Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF), a reverse osmosis treatment facility. 

The treatment facility, which will be built in the city owned lot at the corner of Ash and Washington, is being protested by local residents.
Read the  Full Story as reported by the Times Advocate. 
Holiday Food for Fine Escondido Library 
The Escondido Public Library's annual  Holiday Food for Fines   program once again proved to be a win-win for those involved. This popular program provided Library patrons with the opportunity to clear up to $20.00 in fines from their account through food donations. 

The collection drive ran from November 28 through December 31, 2016, and the Library accumulated 79 crates of food weighing 2,370 pounds. This is an increase of more than 870 pounds over the 2015 program. Proceeds from the drive were donated to Interfaith Community Services in Escondido which distributed the food to families in need throughout North County... More Information
Report It! APP
Report It! is a real time mobile civic engagement platform for Escondido residents. Report It! provides a free and simple way for people to use their smartphone to report community problems such as graffiti or potholes. A picture is worth a thousand words and Report It! makes it a snap.  Download the APP  today!
"Good Morning Escondido!"
January 27, 7:15a
Marie Callender's Escondido
Mix, mingle and network with Chamber members as yo u enjoy breakfast at this dynamic monthly event. 
Our guest speaker is Sandra Rabourne, with the San Diego Food Bank and the North County Food Bank. Sandra will share how they are helping to alleviate hunger issues in San Diego County.  Sandra's talk will also cover partnerships that will benefit both the Food Bank and local businesses in Escondido.

Upcoming Escondido Magazine
Spring is just around the corner and so is our magazine! 

The Spring issue, launching mid March, will feature real estate and land in Escondido. We have a special advertorial section available for brokers, agents and loan officers.

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

GAC guest, District 3 Supervisor Kristin Gaspar
February 7, 4:00pm
Escondido Chamber of Commerce
The government affairs committee  provides  members an
 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. 

GAC is a member benefit, chaired by board member Kevin S. Svetich, CLU.
Young Professionals Mixer
February 7
SIP Wine and Beer
5:00 to 7:00 pm

The Escondido Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Young Professionals mixer. Meet and have fun with other like-minded Young Professionals, who want to build a strong community. Entrance is free, the beer is provided by the Jacked Up Brewing Company, Appetizers are sponsored by SIP! Cash bar for wine and other beverages also, remember your business cards because we are hosting a raffle.

Find out how Seeds of Hope is changing lives in Costa Rica. 

Sponsored by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce in association with the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. 

Escondido Chamber of Commerce | 7607452125 | info@escondidochamber.org | http://www.escondidochamber.org
720 N Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025