Vanessa for District 2

Vanessa Valenzuela – Working for a better Escondido

Why I'm Running

We deserve a district representative who listens to the community, not a career politician.

The Issues

Escondido is in need of new ideas and creative solutions to issues ignored for far too long.


Contact me with questions or concerns you have. I am here to serve our community!


Support our grassroots campaign with a donation.  Only with your help, can we put district two’s council seat back where it belongs – in the hands of the people.

Why I'm Running

As a thirty year resident, I love our unique city and chose to raise my own family in Escondido. Currently, I am a Controller for an architectural design and planning firm in downtown San Diego, and was previously with the Rancho Santa Fe Association and Country Club of Rancho Bernardo.  I will bring nearly fifteen years of experience in finance and budgeting to the Council. 

I believe residents deserve prudent decision-making and thorough analyis from their local governement. The process should be transparent and the public should be included.  Public officials should not profit from their elected positions either directly or indirectly, and regular recusal or abstension means you are left out of the discussion.

I believe the Escondido City Council needs term limits, and the campaign contributions for these offices are astonishingly too high. With three seats up for re-election in November, this year will be pivotal in determining Escondido’s direction and our place in the region for future generations.  

Together, we can make our city a place where residents and businesses thrive.  Please join our efforts in giving a voice back to the residents of Escondido.

Vanessa Valenzuela

Escondido City Council Candidate – District 2

The Issues

Issues currently plaguing Escondidio are:  

  1. Budgetary Oversight
  2. Roads, Parks, and Infrastructure
  3. Daley Ranch, Country Club Development (more coming soon)

Lack of accountability and fiscal prudence has the City strapped for cash while top executives are still receiving hefty pay increases. Without proper checks and balances, Escondido will surely continue down the path of diminishing services while continuing to raise fees.  I will work to find long term financial solutions and restore Escondido’s quality of life.

I pledge to make determinations only after thorough research and input from the community. I am committed to working for a better Escondido.

Budgetary Oversight  

  • Inadequate planning has the City scrambling to solve a major pension crisis. Our city’s operating budgtet relies almost entirely on property and sales tax.  We need a pro-active council seeking to identify new sources of revenue to give the Escondido the best chance at economic security, should the city encounter another economic downturn.
  • Many of Escondido’s Council decisions have left taxpayers on the hook for costly lawsuits and settlements.  By following the law when it comes to setting city policies, Escondido could save millions of critical dollars. 
  • Our City has been in the spotlight for unbelievably high pay increases  and our highly compensated executive staff.  In spite of the City’s financial difficulties, the Council voted in June of 2017 to increase the annual salary of the Escondido City Manager by nearly fifty thousand dollars.  Escondido’s City Manager lands at number twelve on the list of highest paid City Managers in the state of California. 

Save & Exit







Roads, Parks, & Infrastructure – neglected for far too long.

  • Escondido’s outfall pipeline for wastewater is nearing capacity – earlier than anticipated. This requires a $33 million water filtration plant to avoid expanding the pipeline at a potential cost of $1 billion dollars.  Council will pass that along to residents in the form of accelerated water rate increases.
  • Escondido City Council closed a vital library branch in 2012 followed by the outsourcing of the main branch in 2017.  
  • Appropriating funds and ensuring the quality of City public services is one of the fundamental purposes of municipal government.  Residents deserve representatives who make City services a priority. 

Most Recent Updates

There is a NEW FIRE on I-15. Escondido firefighters are assisting CAL FIRE with a new fire on North-bound I-15, one mile south of Deer Springs Road.

The fire is on the east side of the freeway. N Centre City Parkway at Frontage Road is closed, with traffic on the North-bound I-15 extremely congested. Please avoid the area.

No structures are currently threatened and no evacuations have been ordered.
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The fire was reported last night at approximately 11:24 PM. The location of the fire is at Rincon Avenue and Fawn Creek Rd on the west side of Daley Ranch.

The fire is 30% contained at approximately 5 acres with full containment expected by late this afternoon. Escondido Fire and CAL FIRE are currently using (2) Escondido Brush units, (3) Cal Fire Brush units and (2) Cal Fire Hand Crews working on the fire. In addition, Aircraft have made a number of retardant drops on both flanks of the fire this morning and helicopters are currently assisting with water drops.

Hand crews and Firefighters will continue to work throughout the day to mop up any remaining hot spots.

There were no evacuations, no damage to structures and no Firefighters or civilians were injured.

This fire was caused by the use of illegal fireworks.
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306N West El Norte Pkwy. #7
Escondido, CA 92026

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