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02/08/16 Categories: City of Escondido


CONTACT: Joyce Masterson (City) 760-839-4621 or Nikki Symington (Rincon) 619-922-2172


Escondido city officials announced today that the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians of Valley Center has agreed to contribute $800,000 to fund the shortfall in the East Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road construction project.  This exceeds Rincon’s Fair Share obligation of $579,000 to mitigate traffic impacts on city roads from the Harrah’s Resort Expansion project.  A signing ceremony will take place at 4:30 p.m. at the February 10, 2016 City Council meeting.


The project widens a 3,000-foot segment of East Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road to provide three lanes in each direction between Beven Road and Lake Wohlford Road.  The bridge over Escondido Creek will be widened to accommodate two through lanes in each direction north of Lake Wohlford Road.  Construction will include curbs and gutters, streetlights, landscaped medians, new pavement and traffic signal modifications.  The estimated total cost of the project is $9.7 million. Construction is expected to begin late summer or early fall.


Escondido Mayor Sam Abed expressed appreciation, stating, “Thanks to the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, we now can complete this final stretch of road improvements which will greatly improve traffic flow and safety for Escondido and Valley Center residents, as well as visitors to the area.”


According to Bo Mazzetti, chairman of the Rincon Band, there is usually a long gap between calculating and collecting fair share funds to actually mitigating a traffic problem.  “We funded the extra amount needed to make the improvements because we wanted to solve the problem sooner rather than later.

“Our government has a vested interest in traffic safety because we live on these roads. People we care about drive on Valley Center Road–our neighbors, our guests and our families use this road, and our emergency first responders depend on it.”

The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians governs a 5,000-acre reservation in Valley Center. Established in 1875, the Rincon tribe is a sovereign government, recognized by the Constitution of the United States, federal law, and policy and court precedent.  As such, the tribal government has many responsibilities and powers equal to city, county, state governments, and even the federal government, with which tribes have a government-to-government relationship.

Owners of Harrah’s Resort Southern California, the tribe uses profits from this, and other commercial enterprises to provide legislative, regulatory, judicial,and administrative governmental services to the residents of the Rincon reservation. Federal law restricts the expenditure of gaming profits to tribal government programs and services, but allows for charitable contributions to other governments and non-profits.


Rincon’s democratically elected tribal council members are Chairman Bo Mazzetti, Vice Chairwoman Stephanie Spencer and Council Members Steve Stallings, Laurie E. Gonzalez, and Alfonso Kolb, Sr.,



Queen Califia’s Magical Circle Open this Saturday 

02/08/16 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    

CONTACT: Kristina Owens

PHONE: 760-839-4519




Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public this Saturday, February 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Queen Califia docents will be on site to answer questions.

Queen Califia's Magical Circle is the only American sculpture garden and the last major international project created by French artist 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 de Saint Phalle's later work. Complete restoration of the exhibit is underway and will continue for the next several months.

Photo courtesy of Kurt Lightfoot


Large Tree Damages Historic Cottage During Last Week's Storm 

02/05/16 Categories: City of Escondido



CONTACT: Carol Rea, Historic Preservation Commission, 760-735-8072


Huge Torrey Pine Smashes Escondido Cottage


A tree once declared to be the second tallest Torrey pine in the state crashed to the ground during last Sunday’s storm, flattening a small historic cottage in the 500 block of E. 4th Ave. in Escondido.While the giant tree with an 8-foot diameter trunk could have landed on the historic 1880s two-story Pritchett House where the Cojulun family of four were at home for the afternoon, it fell, instead upon the unoccupied little house located just twenty feet away. Although saddened by the loss of the tree that may have been two hundred years old, the Cojulun’s are very relieved that no one was hurt.Homeowner Axel Cojulun said that he was eating an orange at the kitchen sink, when he thought he heard a branch fall and watched through the window as the tree suddenly crashed to the earth.Almost immediately, first responders from the Fire and Police Departments arrived with lights and sirens activated; neighbors had called 9-1-1, fearful that someone had been hurt when the tree fell.


The small board and batten one-bedroom cottage had been moved to its current location from a lot on 7th Avenue, east of Centre City Parkway seven years ago and the Cojulun’s had planned to restore it but had not yet started.It was possibly good fortune that they had not done so or odds were good that anyone living there would surely have been killed.The bungalow had been one of ten workers’ cottages that had housed sheep ranch workers almost a century ago.It was rescued from demolition and moved to this lot; only one other of the original ten is believed to stand now.


Mr. Cojulun regrets the loss of the house he moved to his lot, saying “El Nino didn’t ask for a demolition permit,” but he’s undaunted.He’s now looking for another historic bungalow in Escondido to rescue and move to his lot.This time, it can be a little larger he says, since it won’t have to share the space with the Torrey Pine.


Tree trimmers have been working on removing the fallen tree for two days and are expected to remove the last half of the massive trunk tomorrow.

State of the City Address 

02/02/16 Categories: City of Escondido


CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido’s Annual State of the City Address by Mayor Sam Abed will be held in the Conference Center of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 beginning with an optional breakfast at 7:30 a.m. followed by the program at 8:00 a.m.  The event is organized by the City of Escondido in partnership with the Escondido Chamber of Commerce. The Master of Ceremonies will be radio talk show Host, Mike Slater, heard on Talk Radio 760 KFMB.

The optional breakfast is available for $20 per person by prior reservation. To make your reservation for breakfast, please visit  The deadline to reserve breakfast is 5:00 p.m. February 19, 2016. Persons wishing to attend only the program may do so at no cost, and no reservation is required.

If you would like to sponsor a table, please contact the Escondido Chamber of Commerce at 760-745-2125.


Temporary Road Closure on Hickory Street 

01/27/16 Categories: City of Escondido


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

Due to the installation of new recycled water pipes, the City of Escondido advises motorists that Hickory Street between Washington Avenue & Valley Parkway will be closed during construction.  A full closure of the street will be in effect Thursday, January 28, 2016 through Friday, February 12, 2016.  Detour signs will be posted. All work to be performed between (8:00AM to 4:00PM). No vehicles will be able to access either side of Hickory Street via the Escondido Creek Canal bridge, including emergency vehicles.


Residents and businesses will have driveway access at all times along Hickory St. (between Washington Ave. and Valley Parkway). However, gaining access to those points during the full road closure will be limited to either using Washington Ave. or Valley Parkway; no through traffic (across the Escondido Creek Canal bridge) will be allowed.

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



"Dine Out Escondido" - Jan. 24-30,2016 

01/15/16 Categories: City of Escondido


CONTACT: Katherine Zimmer, 760-839-4777 or


Escondido is hosting its third annual “Dine Out Escondido!” culinary tourism program promoting 28 local restaurants. 10 restaurants are located around town, such as Vintana Wine + Dine and Cocina del Charro, and 18 restaurants are in the heart of historic downtown, walkable to art galleries, theatre, shopping and museums.


In partnership with California Restaurant Month, Visit Escondido produces the successful annual Dine Out Escondido! Restaurant Week during the last week in January. “With 28 local eateries offering diverse specials, our restaurant week gives everyone a chance to visit their favorites and create delicious new experiences,” said Katherine Zimmer, Tourism and Marketing Administrator for the City of Escondido. And the timing is perfect, immediately following San Diego Restaurant Week.


The culinary scene in Escondido has exploded with many new restaurant openings and nine new participants in this year’s Dine Out Escondido! program, including The Wooden Spoon, Cute Cakes, Burger Bench, Hacienda de Vega, and the newly opened Black Angus Steakhouse.


For details of participating restaurants and their specials, go to


Participating Restaurants:


A Delight of France Bistro & Bakery

Bellamy’s Restaurant

Burger Bench

Cuscatlan Salvadorian Cuisine

Cute Cakes


Il Forno Ristorante

Intertwined Bistro & Wine Bar

Jalapeño Grill

Kettle Coffee & Tea

La Tapatia

Mi Guadalajara

Plan 9 Alehouse

Sunny Side Kitchen

The Continental Deli

The Grand Tea Room


Vinz Wine Bar


Around town…

Black Angus Steakhouse

Carin de Ria

Chili’s Grill & Bar

Cocina Del Charro

Hacienda de Vega

Offbeat Brewing Company

On The Border

North County Tavern+Bowl

The Wooden Spoon

Vintana Wine + Dine


About Visit Escondido

Visit Escondido promotes Escondido’s great variety of attractions, events, and things to do in the heart of San Diego’s North County Inland area. Escondido is home to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido and renowned events such as Cruisin’ Grand, as well as scenic and urban wineries, craft breweries, unique arts & theatre, diverse culinary experiences, and a vibrant historic downtown. Additionally, there are many outdoor activities to take advantage of in the beautiful year-round climate including golf, hiking, biking, fishing, equestrian and sporting events.

Go to for a complete calendar of events, dining, lodging, arts, outdoor activities and attractions information. The Visitors Center is located at 235 East Grand Avenue and is open Tuesday-Friday, 10am-4pm. 760-839-4777


Annual Recruitment for City Boards and Commissions 

01/12/16 Categories: City of Escondido


CONTACT: Diane Halverson, 760-839-4617

The City of Escondido is seeking volunteers to serve on a number of City Boards and Commissions. Interested citizens who would like to apply may file an application with the City Clerk’s Office no later than February 12, 2016.


Applications are being accepted for:


  • Building Advisory & Appeals Board
  • Community Services Commission
  • Historic Preservation Commission
  • Library Board of Trustees
  • Personnel Board of Review
  • Planning Commission
  • Public Art Commission
  • Transportation & Community Safety Commission


Volunteers serve for a four-year term, with the exception of the Library Board, which carries a three-year term.  Meeting times and subject matters are outlined in a Handbook available at the City Clerk’s Office or on the City’s website.  For further information concerning qualifications and an application form, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 201 North Broadway, Escondido, or call 760-839-4617.  You may access the website application form and handbook at


Escondido Community Services Department Facility Holiday Closure 

12/22/15 Categories: City of Escondido


Contact: Amy Shipley, 760-839-6269

In observance of the holidays, the City of Escondido's Community Services department facilities will have the following operating hours:

The Escondido Sports Center, located at 3315 Bear Valley Road, will close at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 24, 2015, and Thursday, December 31, 2015.  The Sports Center will be closed on Friday, December 25, 2015, and Friday, January 1, 2016. For information call 760.839.5425.

The Park Avenue Community Center, located at 210 Park Avenue, will close at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 24, 2015, and Thursday, December 31, 2015.  The Community Center will be closed on Friday, December 25, 2015 and Friday, January 1, 2016.  For information call 760.839.4688.

The East Valley Community Center, located at 2245 East Valley Parkway, will be closed on Friday, December 25 as well as Wednesday, December 30, 2015 through Friday, January 1, 2016 for maintenance. Weather permitting, the Community Center will reopen on Saturday, January 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information call 760-839-4382.



Mayflower Dog Park Reopens 

12/16/15 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       DATE: December 16, 2015                                                                      

CONTACT: Bud Oliveira, Deputy Director of Public Works, 760-839-4665


Mayflower Dog Park Reopens for Use


The Mayflower Dog Park has reopened for use as of December 16, 2015. The recent closure was a precautionary action as a result of a park user reporting their dog contracted parvovirus after a visit to the park. City staff contacted the County of San Diego's Department of Environmental Health, County Veterinarian, Dr. Nikos Gurfield, for information about parvovirus and what steps should be taken to protect dogs visiting the park. Dr. Gurfield explained the most effective way to protect a dog from contracting the virus is to have all dogs properly vaccinated against parvovirus, as well as other diseases such as distemper and rabies, before visiting the park. Dr. Gurfield added that it was very difficult to determine where a dog actually contracted the virus. City officials, after consulting with Dr. Gurfield, have decided that sterilizing the park grounds would not be a long term solution because the virus could be introduced to the park by a sick dog that was shedding parvovirus. Dr. Gurfield recommended that pet owners only bring healthy, fully vaccinated dogs to the park.


Nominations Sought For City Council Awards 

12/10/15 Categories: City of Escondido


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Each year at the State of the City meeting, the Escondido City Council recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to improve the quality of life in Escondido through volunteer service. Nominations now are being solicited for these awards.

The general public is encouraged to submit nominations of qualified members of the community for consideration. Award nomination forms can be obtained by calling the City Manager’s Office (760-839-4631) or by downloading  a copy from the City’s web site:

Categories include: Arts, Business, Community, Education, Public Safety, Historic Preservation, and Youth.  The deadline for nomination is 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26, 2016.

A sub-committee of the City Council will review all nominations and make its final selection in January.  The awards will be presented at the Annual State of the City Address on Wednesday, February 24, 2016.


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