AT&T Breakfast with the Mayor

AT&T Wireless is our Champion sponsor for the monthly breakfast round table conversation, hosted by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Sam Abed. Guests for the breakfast are personally invited able to speak with the Mayor in a casual environment.

To start the morning, Mayor Abed shares news from his office regarding state and city budgets, economic vision and growth in Escondido, and upcoming ballot initiatives. The city of Escondido continues to work hard to strengthen business revenue, increase public safety and improve our city’s façade.

The first breakfast in January, included local business owners and general managers.  Mayor Abed is interested in what concerns our local businesses have.  One issue that continues to plague Escondido is the lack of sizable hotel/convention venues.  With AMGEN coming in May, Escondido is only able to benefit from a small portion from the expected attendees with hotel revenue. Becky Smith, General Manager of Westfield North County, shared information about the renovation and prospects of new businesses at the mall, which will be great additions to our city.  Other topics of discussion included an update regarding the proposed sports complex, changes to the water rate, and ways to connect with the various ethnic communities in Escondido as a united voice for commerce and

culture.

The February breakfast hosted members from the Real Estate industry.  As you can imagine, this group has a pulse on the private community as well as corporate industry, which made for a very lively conversation.  Among the topics of conversation; real estate development, proposed hotel and sports complex, and city owned properties being leveraged for long term planning.

The goals for Escondido are numerous, but fall into the categories of financial stability, economic development, public safety, beautification and urban renewal.  Les Abshire, President/CEO Escondido Chamber of Commerce, Brian Murphy, Chairman, and Mayor Sam Abed agree that open conversations with local businesses and the City Council is vital to meeting these goals.