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Many reasons to take pride in Escondido

ED GALLO SPEAKS

Last week I attended the State of The City Address at our refurbished conference center at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Media picked up on the Mayor’s comment of “find your passion,” however I was struck also by the Escondido Pride graphic in the video presentation which was expertly produced by the city audio/visual department. Great job Jorge!

Herein I will present to you many, many reasons to take pride in our town of Escondido. Over 25 years ago, the committee charged with the naming of our arts center fought to include Escondido in the name as it was originally proposed to be just the California Center for the Arts. Small print Escondido was the compromise reached. At least it’s in the name. 

When Stone Brewing moved to Escondido I talked with the owners to have Escondido printed on the product as the production location in place of the original North San Diego County. I believe taking pride in one’s community begins with promoting the name as we will do March 12 at Grand Ave and Centre City Parkway when we salute the Grand Arch.

Here we go. Palomar Medical Center is home to a state of the art 350 bed medical facility with ties to the Mayo Clinic and the only trauma center in North county. As mentioned, the CCAE which has hosted international performers and artists for over 25 years. One of the top 100 regional shopping malls in the country today known as Westfield North County. One of— if not the largest auto parks—in the county. The finest City Hall complex in the county and the envy of other cities.

The only globally acclaimed Nikki de St. Phalle exhibit in the Western Hemisphere hidden by design in Kit Carson Park.  

State of the art public safety facility with the latest technology forensics lab. Can you see CSI Escondido? Probably the best trained and equipped police and fire departments in the county. Our training facilities host training for public safety personnel from other jurisdictions. Two world renowned fresh water lakes for trout and bass fishing and a 3,000 plus acre Daley Ranch preserve. World renowned Stone Brewing and Orfila Vineyard.

The number one cruise night in the country, Cruisin’ Grand, happening in our historic downtown which attracts visitors from across the country and worldwide. Outstanding facilities offering education opportunities from pre-school to college degrees to include AA, BA and MA both public and private institutions. We have one of only two multi-modal transit hubs in North County offering transportation choices for work, school and pleasure.

First class sports facilities which host regional soccer, baseball and softball tournaments bringing thousands of players with their families to spend time in this beautiful Hidden Valley. Two ice skating rinks which showcase semi-pro hockey in addition to family skating and curling. And let’s not forget our latest addition of pickle ball courts both indoor and outdoor. It took me a few years to have the city finally agree to make them available.

More activities to be proud of are the roller hockey, skateboard park and tennis courts all at Kit Carson Park. One of my favorites is touting the tallest structure in North County: the 160 foot flag pole in the Escondido Auto Park. Add to this all the dining options available from fast food to haute cuisine. And something I always promote is I believe we have the best price point mix in housing anywhere in the county. Is your chest pumped with pride now? It should be.

The invocation at the SOC was given by Cantor Larry Kornit, Hazzan who informed us that Congregation B’nai Tikvah will be relocating to Escondido this month. This will be Escondido’s first house of worship for the Jewish Faith. Finally , and welcome to Escondido.

This week’s license plate a good one from a tough boss. DUUR JOB

*Note: Opinions expressed by columnists and letter writers are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the newspaper.

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