ESCONDIDO QUALITY OF LIFE AGENDA – 2014
In November, 2013, local grassroots leaders met to identify and discuss key issues related to quality of life. These issues are presented below in the form of an agenda for 2014. In the 2014 quarterly forums, the group will consider strategies and activities to advance this agenda.
City Basic Services – The definition of basic services should include Community Services and Recreation.
Year-round Homeless Shelter & Day Center – The city should work with the private, non-profit and faith community sectors to assure the appropriate location and funding for such resources.
Public Policy for lease of parkland – The city needs to receive public input and formulate a public policy related to the lease of parkland.
Mistrust of police by Latino families – contributes to a climate of fear and discourages civic participation.
Youth & Children recreation and enrichment programs – The city should encourage and help to fund the development of such resources.
“Complete Streets” – streets conducive to walking, riding bikes, safe and attractive places for people of all ages to gather. This includes lighting and sidewalks in neighborhoods like Old Escondido.
Escondido Creek Walk – City should continue to promote rehabilitation of the creek with related recreational/open space development
Climate of inclusion, lifelong learning, diversity and global connectedness – libraries open when people need them, after-school & vacation enrichment programs for children, volunteer opportunities and programs.
Encourage creativity, Arts and culture – The city should seek to redevelop downtown with art & culture.
El Caballo Park – City should provide more support and assistance to overcome hurdles in development of this valued community resource.
New developments should pay fair share for region-wide transportation capital improvements – The Escondido Council representative to SANDAG should advocate for this policy as defined in the SANDAG Regional Transportation Plan.