October 11, 2017
Chamber Events
Economic Development Committee
Thursday, October 12th
Business After 5 Mixer
Thursday, October 12th
Grand Ave Festival 
Sunday, October 15

PRAVA annual blood drive 
October 24th  from  8am-1pm 
344 North Vinewood Street

Enjoy doughnuts, drinks, lunch, 
raffles, and Pint for Pint tickets 
to use at a local brewery! 
Contact Anne Marie at 
with any questions or for info.

Escondido Magazine

The Fall edition will be here next week!

Chamber Benefits
Rorie Johnston

Today, we launched the RISING STARS with a breakfast honoring seven of our high school seniors. 

The students were hand chosen by their principals and teachers for demonstrating character, integrity, love of learning, involvement in school and community activities and/or the ability to overcome challenging life circumstances without compromising their education. 

What is a RISING STAR?

It is the student who makes a difference in their home, school & community with sincerity and passion. 

Seven students, seven amazing stories. The U.S. is still the great melting pot of cultures and the land of opportunity. Many of these students are first generation citizens or have immigrated here as their parents cashed in all their possessions and sought a better life for their family. 

They have been instilled with hard work, perseverance, determination and a can-do attitude and the knowledge that faith and family is all you need to overcome and conquer. 

This is just our first group of seven. We will honor seven more students on Wednesday, November 15th. Then, after a few more months of honoring students, they will have an opportunity to compete with the Rising Stars from their school for a scholarship to be awarded on May 20th during the Grand Ave Festival. 
Rising Star Escondido Oct 2015
October RISING STARS: Deysi Pineda, Daryl Goh, 
Victor Torres, Xochitl Ramirez, Karely Rios, 
Jaime Fuentes and Anayeli Trinidad.   

The scholarships will come from community leaders and organizations. Wright Trammel Transportation has already guaranteed one scholarship. And a special announcement was made at breakfast this morning by the After 5 Rotary Club, who will also be providing a scholarship. Several more are in the works! Investing in our youth is important. This is just one way that we, as a chamber of businesses can invest in the future of our leaders...our RISING STARS! 


Rorie Johnston
The Country Club will be developed...at some point. 
Escondido Country Club
EDC to hear alternative plan from ECCHO

Last month, The Economic Development Committee, welcomed Jonathan Frankel from New Urban West, who presented the community development plan for the former Escondido Country Club. 

NUWI has a long history in San Diego and is known for the quality communities they have developed. 

But not everyone is certain their 392 home plan is the best. 

At noon on Thursday, October 12, EDC will hear from ECCHO, (Escondido Country Club Home Owners). This group formed when the Country Club closed and development of the golf course was eminent.  

ECCHO is proposing a 158 unit plan, which opens the discussion to who would build it and would the property owner agree? And, does the Country Club qualify for the density bonus law, bypassing many of the building regulations? 

Looking to save water and have a nice landscape?
Award-Winning WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Program Holding Free Workshops in October

The San Diego County Water Authority, in partnership with its member agencies, free workshops around the region this month to help homeowners learn the basics of transforming their yards into beautiful and sustainable WaterSmart landscapes. The workshops are led by local  landscaping professionals and are part of the Water Authority's award-winning WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Program.

During the three-hour Landscape Design for Homeowners Workshops, participants will
learn the basic principles of a WaterSmart landscape, including soil amendments, landscape design, turf removal, plant selection, planning, irrigation and rainwater catchment.

Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM 
Mitchell Room - Escondido City Hall

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM 
Mitchell Room - Escondido City Hall

Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM 
Vista Irrigation District
For people who cannot attend one of the workshops, a step-by-step guide to the WaterSmart landscape retrofit process is available via video on demand. 

For more information about the workshops, and to register, visit   landscapemakeover.watersmartsd.org/design_workshop

How grand can GRAND be?
Community meeting planned for Downtown vision

 As part of working with local Escondido businesses to formulate a vision for Grand Avenue in our downtown, the City has applied for funding through SANDAG's Smart Growth Incentive Program. The visioning process is designed to gain input on various ideas for improvements that will benefit the economic vitality of our downtown. From the visioning process City staff will develop a concept plan to support the funding application. In an effort to gain input from the community, City staff and consultants from Kimley-Horn will be hosting the first Community Café Meeting in the Mitchell Room at City Hall (201 N. Broadway) on Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The meeting will be a café, designed as an open community dialogue. There will be an interactive orientation that will feature boards with design concepts, a quick presentation on complete street elements, and a group exercise at the end to develop a future vision of Grand Avenue. The participation of the community is vital to the success of this process. The City of Escondido wants the vision for our downtown to be exciting and beneficial to our entire community.

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