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City Manager: Emergencies bring out the best and worst

Message from the City Manager, JEFFREY EPP

Emergency circumstances can bring out the best and the worst in our society. Here in the City of Escondido, I’ve seen the absolute best. 

Escondido responded to this pandemic by firmly hitting the brakes of our bustling city and acknowledging the dramatic changes required to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As we adapt to this new environment, online forms of doing business and engaging with each other have moved into high gear. 

Restaurants have closed but we have a new directory of take-out options. Our library is closed but we can now text a librarian and research online. The Park Avenue Senior Center had to close but we are delivering the meals to our seniors enrolled in the lunch program. 

Our Emergency Dispatch Center and our First Responders are always available, now using updated protocols based on the science of grappling with this virus. Our equipment stores are well stocked and we’re keeping our employees healthy. We update our website and social media daily to keep you informed.

In addition to dealing with this pandemic, my other goal for Escondido is to look back on this and be proud of how we responded. So far, so good.

COVID-19 Information:

Prioritizing the health and well-being of the community remains our top priority.

The City of Escondido is working closely with County health officials and following all rules and guidance to help slow the spread of COVID-19. All public gatherings, events and meetings have been either postponed or cancelled in the coming weeks. In addition, City facilities are closed to the public through March 31, with some essential services available by appointment. Public meetings will be limited to essential meetings with essential items only, and will be practicing social distancing.

This week a Declaration of Local Emergency was signed by Escondido City Manager Jeffrey Epp and was ratified by the City Council on Wednesday, March 18. As a result, the City is now able to enact emergency powers, as well as potentially gain access to federal and state relief funds. 

The City of Escondido’s Emergency Operations Center has been activated and is staffed to monitor the COVID-19 situation.

We have created a page on our website where you can find our latest news releases, closures, information about City appointments, and links to resources and other agencies: www.escondido.org/covid-19.aspx

 

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