Officials brave the rain to highlight need to keep city streets safe for kids
County and Escondido officials the afternoon of January 26 braved a downpour to highlight the need for safer streets and progress that is being made in that direction.
Keeping local children safer when they are walking to and from school and using the city’s streets to go about their daily lives is the purpose of the Safe Routes to School project, which was celebrated with the ribbon-cutting of a newly painted crosswalk at a busy intersection during the brief ceremony.
Supervisor Dave Roberts of the Third District represented the County in an event that was hosted by the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency’s Communities of Excellence (CX3) project, in partnership with Escondido Education COMPACT and Escondido Union School District’s Safe Routes to School project.
The genial Roberts then led Pioneer Elementary and Mission Middle School students and parents across Ash Street. When some of the kids pressed him for what he does, the current vice chairman of the County Board of Supervisors laughed and joked, “Oh I run the County!” Other VIPs included city council-member Ed Gallo, Patty Huerta, Executive Director, Escondido Education COMPACT Communities of Excellence Youth
The brief ceremony was followed by a visit to nearby Grove Park (745 North Ash. St) where young people celebrated achievements in the community at an activity fair.
The completion of these new crosswalks represents a multi-year collaboration between the Health and Human Services Agency, the City of Escondido, Escondido Union School District’s Safe Routes to Schools project, and the youth of Escondido Education COMPACT.
As part of their work to improve the health and well-being of their neighborhood, the youth conducted walk-audits, developed recommendations, and presented their findings to the city to advocate for change.
This is part of Live Well San Diego, the County’s long-term initiative to promote healthy, safe, and thriving communities as well as the power of partnership in these efforts.