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Temporary Road Closure 

06/23/16 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

 

Due to the installation of new utilities and surface improvements, the City of Escondido advises motorists of the following road closure:

 

  • The north bound lane of Ash Street from Vista Ave. to Lehner Ave. will be closed now  through Thursday, July 15, 2016.  However, the south bound lane in this section will remain open at all times.

 

Detour signs will be posted and all work will be performed between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. These improvements are being done by contractors for nearby housing construction projects that are currently underway. The work is being done during the summer months to lessen the impact on neighboring resident and schools which are on summer recess.

 

Persons with questions or comments about the work on northbound Ash may contact City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspector Ricardo Cervantes  at 760-807-1109.

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July 4, 2016 Independence Day Festival & Fireworks 

06/16/16 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Stephany Farley, 760-839-4186

Escondido’s annual Independence Day Festival & Fireworks has become a North County tradition, and for good reason. Each year, 25,000 festival-goers converge on the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (The Center) at Grape Day Park for the holiday festivities. The event is back for its 53rd year on Monday, July 4, 2016 with rockin’ live music, tasty treats, and games for all.

 

The day will commence with a special presentation by Escondido’s American Legion Post 149, VFW Post 1513, and DAV Chapter 70. This program honoring our nation’s veterans has begun the day’s festivities for many years.  Once again, the Center’s National Anthem Singing Competition will discover a local singer whose rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” will be kicking off the day’s events.

 

Taking the stage after the American Legion is rockin’ live Latin music by the Manny Cepeda Orchestra Quartet.  Next up is Hawaiin music by Ke’Ahi, and a hula performance by Halau Hula O Makalani Na Pilialoha. Lastly, The Jonathan Lee Band will offer a unique mixture of country and classic rock. After key words from the Center’s Executive Director Jerry VanLeeuwen and Escondido Mayor Sam Abed, the crowd will be treated to the music of Camp Pendleton’s finest musicians, the 1st Marine Division Band, who will lead us into a dazzling fireworks display.

 

Throughout the festival, a wealth of other activities will be going on around the Center’s campus.  The event’s Fun & Games area will be located behind the Center’s Museum. Free arts and crafts, face painting, and more—coordinated by the Center’s Education Department—will take place from 4:00-8:00pm. Additionally, Escondido Recreation will be holding a number of contests in the same area. Their Watermelon Eating Contest, always a crowd favorite, is open to children, teens, and adults, and will take place from 5:30-6:30pm. Festival-goers can also visit the Escondido History Center, which will be free and open to the public from 4:00-7:00pm on July 4th. The YMCA Baton Twirlers, will take to the Depot Stage closer to dark (7:30-8:00pm) to showcase their amazing talents and flaming batons.  As always, a number of food vendors will be offering tasty treats for purchase throughout the day.   

As a special treat this year, the Center’s Museum will be open from 4:00-8:00pm with FREE admission to our two current exhibitions:  My Hero: Contemporary Art & Superhero Action and Unlocking Wonderland: The Exhibit.  As part of this exciting exhibition, the Center will be hosting meet-and-greets with Alice, the Mad Hatter, Captain America, and Wonder Woman in our Fun & Games area from 4:30-8:00pm.

 

This event, with all of its music, art, and activities would not be possible without the generosity of its sponsors. The Linden Root Dickinson Foundation and the City of Escondido contributed to the success of this community celebration. The festival takes place on Monday, July 4, 2016 from 4:00-9:30PM. Please visit artcenter.org for the full event schedule and details.      

 

About The California Center for the Arts, Escondido

With a mission of bringing people together to discover, create and celebrate both the visual and performing arts, The Center is the cultural center of North San Diego County. The Center's unique campus includes a 1,523-seat concert hall, a 404-seat theater, a contemporary art museum, art and dance studios, and a full-service conference center with meeting and banquet facilities. The Center also runs an extensive education program and produces free community events, such as the Jazz Jam Sessions, Holiday Tree Lighting, Día de los Muertos, Independence Day, and First Wednesdays performances.

 

The Center is located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd. in Escondido. The Ticket Office can be reached at (800) 988-4253. Tickets can also be purchased online. To learn more, including performance dates, times and ticket information, visit artcenter.org.

 

Connect with the Center on Facebook at www.facebook.com/theCCAE or follow @theCCAE on Twitter.

 

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Partial Lane Closures 

06/09/16 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Randy Manns, 760-839-6290, ext. 7031

Due to the installation of new recycled water pipelines, the City of Escondido advises motorists that on Friday, June 10th, the final grind and cap pavement work on the north side of the Escondido Creek Channel for Broadway, Juniper St., Hickory St., Fig St., Harding St., Rose St. and Midway Dr.  will be completed.  The work will require partial lane closures across the streets between Washington Avenue  and Valley Parkway during normal working hours 8 a.m. to 4 p.m..  At this time it is anticipated that all paving work will be completed on the same day, Friday, June 10th.

 

Persons with questions or comments may contact Greg Gomez, MBI, Resident Engineer at (760) 902-7249, Mark Lewis, City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspector II, at 760-807-1121 or Wayne Papac, MBI Project Construction Manager at 619-247-7828.

 

The new pipes are part of the City’s Recycled Water Easterly Main Extension Project which will deliver reclaimed water to eastern Escondido.

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Tree Trimming in Kit Carson Park 

06/09/16 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Andy Villalobos, 760-839-4362

Trees in Kit Carson Park will be pruned during the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. beginning Monday, June 13 through Friday, June 17. Park users are advised that during that week there will be intermittent park road closures, as needed, along the main through road from Las Palmas south to Bear Valley Parkway near the adult softball fields.   The best access into the park will be the entrance at Mary Lane.

 

The contractor for this project is West Coast Arborists.

 

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Escondido Appoints New Director of Community Development 

06/03/16 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

City Manager Graham Mitchell announced today that Bill Martin has been appointed Director of Community Development for the City of Escondido, effective June 5, 2016. 

 

Mr. Martin started in the Community Development Department as an entry-level planner in 1990 and has steadily advanced through the ranks of the Planning Division, serving most recently as Interim Director of Community Development.  Prior to that he served as Assistant Planning Director in which he directed development review and managed daily operations of the division.  Over the years, Bill has served as planning manager on many high-profile developments in Escondido including the Rancho San Pasqual residential neighborhood and the recent upgrades to the Westfield North County mall.

 

Mr. Martin has a long history in the community having graduated from Escondido High School and is a recent inductee into the Escondido Boys and Girls Club Hall of Fame.  Bill holds a B.A. in Geography from San Diego State University and is professionally certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners.

 

In making the announcement City Manager Graham Mitchell noted,  “Bill brings with him a thorough understanding of our community and its development standards, as well as fresh ideas to streamline our processes and work collaboratively with the residential and development communities. I believe that Bill can take the City’s Community Development Department to the next level.”

 

Mr. Martin’s salary will be $130,020.

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Escondido Cool Zone Locations 

06/03/16 Categories: City of Escondido
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The City of Escondido reminds the public that three City facilities have been designated as Cool Zone sites.  These sites are air-conditioned settings where seniors and others can gather. The sites encourage people to share air conditioning during the heat of the day, lowering individual usage and helping to conserve energy for the whole community.

Escondido’s Cool Zone Sites are:

  • Park Avenue Community Center, 210 Park Avenue (760-839-4688)
  • Escondido Public Library, 239 Kalmia Street (760-839-4684)
  • East Valley Community Center 2245 East Valley Parkway (760-839-4382)

Aerial Mosquito Larvicides Applications 

05/26/16 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

To better protect communities and the environment, the San Diego County Vector Control Program (VCP) applies mosquito larvicide via helicopter to mosquito breeding areas that cannot be treated by hand.  These aerial applications occur every three to four weeks during the mosquito breeding season, generally April to October, or as needed.

 

The ponds in Kit Carson Park will be treated during the week of May 30, 2016.  For more information please visit:

 

http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/deh/pests/wnv/wnv_activity_update/chd_wnv_aerial_ops.html

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Partial Road Closure on Broadway 

05/24/16 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Randy  Manns, 760-839-6290 x 7031

Due to the installation of new recycled water pipelines, the City of Escondido advises motorists that Broadway between Washington Avenue & Valley Parkway will be reduced to a partial lane closure effective Tuesday, May 31, 2016 to Friday, June 3, 2016. All work will be performed between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Residents and businesses will have driveway access at all times along Broadway from Washington Ave. or Valley Parkway.

Persons with questions or comments may contact Greg Gomez, MBI, Resident Engineer at (760) 902-7249, Mark Lewis, City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspector II, at 760-807-1121 or Wayne Papac, MBI Project Construction Manager at 619-247-7828.

 

The new pipes are part of the City’s Recycled Water Easterly Main Extension Project which will deliver reclaimed water to eastern Escondido.

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Escondido Appoints New Fire Chief 

05/23/16 Categories: City of Escondido Fire Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

City Manager Graham Mitchell announced today that Deputy Fire Chief Russell Knowles has been named Fire Chief for the City of Escondido, effective June 5, 2016.   Chief Knowles will succeed Fire Chief Mike Lowry who will retire on June 3 after almost 34 years with Escondido.

 

A twenty-five year veteran, Chief Knowles currently is responsible for the day-to-day details of running the Department including supervision of three Battalion Chiefs and the Training and EMS Division.  Chief Knowles joined the Escondido Fire Department as a Firefighter 1991. He has risen through the ranks, working as a Firefighter Paramedic, Fire Captain, Battalion Chief, Division Chief and Deputy Fire Chief.

 

Russ holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Administration from Cogswell Polytechnic College as well as an Associate’s Degree with a major in Public Fire Service.  Russ served as the Chair of the North Zone Operations Chiefs and the North Zone liaison to the San Diego County Operations committee. He also has served as President for the Escondido Firefighter’s Association.

 

In making the announcement City Manager Graham Mitchell noted, “Chief Knowles will continue Escondido’s tradition of providing a highly professional level of medical and fire service.  I look forward to his innovative perspective to service delivery.”

 

Commenting on the announcement,  Jeff Sargis, President of the Escondido Fire Fighters Association, said, “On behalf of the Escondido Firefighters Association, I  extend our congratulations to Chief Knowles on his promotion.   I look forward to our future and believe the department and community will prosper under the leadership of Chief Knowles.”

 

Chief Knowles’ salary will be $183,214.

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Planned Power Outage in Northern Escondido on Saturday Night 

05/12/16 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

 

San Diego Gas and Electric has scheduled a planned power outage for Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 10:00 p.m. for up to 8 Hours to replace cable in the area (weather permitting and barring any other unforeseen circumstances).  SDG&E has sent letters to all residents who will be impacted by this planned outage, with details about the scheduled outage and steps to take to prepare for the outage.

 

To get more information, or if you experience an outage that you were not notified about and need more information, please call us at 800-411-SDGE, check the outage map at SDGE.com, or download the SDG&E app on your cell phone for up-to-date outage information.

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