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Update on Lake Wohlford Road Closure 

09/15/14 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Bud Oliveira, 760-839-4665

Lake Wohlford Road between Lake Wohlford Court and Oakvale Road remains closed due to a rockslide last week.  The City of Escondido has contracted with Shaw Equipment Rentals to clean up and stabilize the slide area.  This work has begun and is anticipated to be completed by September 22.

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Escondido Cool Zones 

09/15/14 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)

Queen Califia's Magical Circle to Reopen 

09/15/14 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Kristina Owens, 760-839-4519

The City of Escondido has completed Phase I of its repairs of Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park and will reopen it to the public on Saturday, October 11, 2014.  Public Art Commissioners will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to answer questions.

Complete restoration of the exhibit is estimated to involve an additional 12 months. In the short term, the exhibit will be open for docent tours and for individual/group visits by appointment only.  To schedule a tour, please contact Kristina Owens, Associate Planner, at (760) 839-4519 at least two weeks prior to the requested tour date.

The Public Art Commission and City staff members currently are working on plans for the exhibit to be open to the public on set days and times during the week.   The Commission is seeking volunteers for positions as docents and as exhibit supervisors. If interested in volunteering, please contact Kristina Owens at 760-839-4519.

 

Queen Califia's Magical Circle is the only American sculpture garden and the last major international project created by Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002). Inspired by California's mythic, historic and cultural roots, the garden consists of nine large-scale sculptures, a circular "snake wall" and maze entryway, sculpturally integrated bench seating, and native shrubs and trees planted within the interior plaza and along the outer perimeter. The garden bears the brilliant, unique mosaic ornamentation that is an unmistakable part of Saint Phalle's later work.

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LAKE WOHLFORD ROAD CLOSED DUE TO ROCKSLIDE 

09/11/14 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Bud Oliveira, 760-839-4665

Motorists are advised that Lake Wohlford  Road has been closed between Lake Wohlford Court to Oakvale Road due to a rockslide.  The road will be closed to all traffic including emergency vehicles.  No timeframe has been set for reopening.

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Public Hearing On Immigration Facility Continued until Oct. 22 

09/09/14 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

At the request of the ACLU, the Public Hearing appealing the Planning Commission decision regarding the Immigration Facility scheduled for September 10, 2014 has been continued to October 22, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. The ACLU requested this continuance so that they may submit additional materials and provide the City with sufficient time to review them.

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Assistant City Manager to Retire 

09/09/14 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido Assistant City Manager Charles Grimm will retire after 24 years of service to Escondido.  His last day will be September 25, 2014.  A recruitment for this position will be held later this Fall.

Escondido City Manager Clay Phillips expressed appreciation for Mr. Grimm’s service, saying, “Charlie has been a key member of our City’s management team for over two decades and we have been fortunate to have benefitted from his expertise and leadership.  We wish him a long and happy retirement.”

Charlie was first hired in May 1990 as Director of Planning and Building for the City of Escondido. In 2005 he became Deputy City Manager and then was promoted in 2007 to Assistant City Manager. He provides direct supervision to the Director of Community Development, the Director of Public Works and the Director of Utilities.

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Water Main Break Repairs Completed  

09/04/14 Categories: City of Escondido

 

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido City crews have completed their repairs on the water main break that occurred earlier this week in the vicinity of El Norte Parkway and Valley Parkway.  All lanes of those roads are once again open.

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Update on Water Main Break and Traffic Advisory 

09/03/14 Categories: City of Escondido

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

 

Motorists are advised to avoid the area of El Norte Parkway and Valley Parkway while Escondido City crews are still working to repair a water main break that occurred there on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. El Norte Parkway and Valley Parkway will remain reduced to one lane in each direction until repairs are completed which likely will be mid-day Thursday, September 4, 2014.

 

The Escondido Fire Department has unlocked the fire gates at Hidden Trails to help relieve traffic congestion for residents living there. They will be closed again once repairs are completed.

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Traffic Advisory Due to Water Main Break in Escondido 

09/02/14 Categories: City of Escondido

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido City crews are still working to repair a water main break that occurred earlier this morning in the vicinity of Valley Parkway and El Norte Parkway.  Repairs will require extensive excavation so it is likely El Norte Parkway and Valley Parkway will be reduced to one lane in each direction throughout the day and evening.   Motorists are advised to avoid that area if at all possible, particularly during the evening rush hour.

 

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Escondido’s Bond Ratings Raised by Standard & Poor’s 

08/27/14 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

 

City officials announced today that Standard & Poor's Ratings Services had upgraded several of Escondido’s bond ratings.

Standard & Poors raised its long-term rating and underlying rating to 'AA-' from 'A+' on Escondido’s existing general obligation (GO) bonds. At the same time, Standard & Poor’s  raised the long-term ratings to 'A+' from 'A' on the Escondido Joint Powers Financing Authority's lease revenue bonds, and on the city's existing appropriation debt.

The outlook is stable for all bonds. The stable outlook reflects Standard & Poor's opinion that Escondido's strong unreserved fund balances will likely provide a financial cushion should the city experience any revenue decrease to balance operations. Standard & Poor’s does not expect to lower the rating within the outlook's two-year period due to their expectation that Escondido will likely maintain what they consider very strong reserves.

A copy of the rationale supporting the ratings and outlook is available on the city’s website at: https://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/Finance/City_of_Escondido_Report.pdf

 

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