City of Escondido: Community Services Department

201 N Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025 (760) 839-4691 Website

Escondido's Government

Escondido is a general law city governed by a five-member City Council. The Mayor and the City Treasurer are directly elected at large. The City of Escondido has been divided into four (4) districts, which shall be used for all regular elections of Council members; for the recall of any Council member elected; for the appointment of any new Council member to fill a vacancy in the office of member of the Council; and for any special election to fill a vacancy in the office of member of the Council.

The term of office for each member is four years with staggered terms. The Mayor is the presiding officer of the City Council, City as Successor Agency to the Community Development Commission, Mobilehome Rent Review Board and Escondido Joint Powers Financing Authority.

City Departments

In 1955, an ordinance was adopted setting up the City Manager form of government. Garland Gray, who was an engineer, became the first City Manager working under this newly adopted ordinance, but resigned several months later due to his inexperience as a civil servant.

Lloyd M. Mitchell, known to his many friends as "Lefty," was an electrical engineer and avocado rancher, and had spent many successful years in government. As the Chief of Police, he set up a thorough records system and was known to be an able organizer and proven administrator. He became the second "official" city manager, holding that office from May 5, 1956, to January 10, 1968. Facing expansion in every area and the need for more services to keep up with the population growth, he carefully selected people with training to guide the growth and future of North San Diego County's hub.

Under Mitchell, the following departments were established: Finance, Engineering, Building, Parks & Recreation, Planning, Personnel, and Purchasing.

Government Links






3rd District
Kristin Gaspar
1600 Pacific Highway, Room 335
San Diego, CA 92101
619-531-5533 / 800-852-7334
Fax: 619-234-1559

38th District
Joel Anderson
Capitol Office
State Capitol, Room 5052
Sacramento, CA 95814-4900
(916) 651-4038

District Offices
500 Fesler St Suite 201
El Cajon, CA 92020
(619) 596-3136

27555 Ynez Rd Suite 204
Temecula, CA 92591
(951) 676-1020

75th District
Marie Waldron
350 West 5th Avenue, Suite 110
Escondido, CA 92025
Fax: 760-480-7516

Jerry Brown
State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax: 916-558-3160

50th Congressional District
Duncan Hunter
1611 North Magnolia Avenue, Suite 310
El Cajon, CA 92020
Fax: 619-449-2251

Dianne Feinstein
750 B Street, Suite 1030
San Diego, CA 92101
Fax: 619-231-1108

Kamala Harris
600 B Street, Suite 2240
San Diego, CA 92101
Fax: 202-228-3863


Escondido Lodge
  • (760) 743-9733
  • 2650 S. Escondido Blvd
  • Escondido, CA 92025

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