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Disaster Readiness/Winter Weather Workshop  

11/20/15 Categories: City of Escondido Fire Department


Contact: Jeff Murdock, 760-839-5406

A Disaster Readiness/Winter Weather Workshop will be held on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Community Room at the Police and Fire Headquarters, 1163 N. Centre City Parkway.


The workshop will provide valuable information related to water issues and emergency preparedness.  Greg Thomas of the Rincon del Diablo Water District will give an update on the drought. Alex Tardy from the National Weather Service will provide an update regarding El Nino and winter storms.  Alicia Appel from the City of Escondido Utilities Department will speak about erosion protection, proper clearing of drainage structures and storm preparation. Jeff Murdock, from the Fire Department will discuss emergency preparedness, evacuations, and information resources.


This event is free but seating is limited.  To reserve your seat, please call 760-745-5522.  The workshop is co-sponsored by the City of Escondido’ Fire Department and Utilities Department, Rincon del Diablo Water District, and the National Weather Service.


Additional information about preparing for El Nino is available on the City’s website at


Veterans Day Observance 

11/10/15 Categories: City of Escondido

Escondido’s annual Veterans Day Observance will be held on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Grape Day Park's Wall of Courage located between the train station and the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

This annual event is organized by the Allied Veterans Council, a team of Commanders of American Legion Post 149, VFW Post 1513, and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 70.


Graham Mitchell Named as Next City Manager for Escondido 

10/29/15 Categories: City of Escondido

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621


The Escondido City Council has selected Assistant City Manager Graham Mitchell to replace Clay Phillips as City Manager upon Clay’s retirement on December 18, 2015.

In making the announcement today, Mayor Abed expressed confidence in Mr. Mitchell’s abilities, saying, “Graham has a proven track record of city management experience and a solid understanding of the issues facing the city and the region.  I am confident he will serve Escondido well.”

Mr. Mitchell has been the Assistant City Manager in Escondido since June 2015.  He previously was City Manager in Lemon Grove for twelve years.  Prior to that he was City Manager for three years in Farmersville, CA.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Brigham Young University.

The details of Mr. Mitchell’s compensation have not yet been finalized.




Temporary Closure of Bike Path btw. Broadway and Hickory 

10/22/15 Categories: City of Escondido


Contact; Randy Manns, 760-839-6290, x 7031


Due to the installation of new recycled water pipes, the City of Escondido advises pedestrians and bicyclists that access along the bike path on the north side of the Escondido Creek Channel between Broadway and Hickory St. will be completely closed –including after hours - to all through traffic for the next several months, starting on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 up to Monday, January 18, 2016. All pedestrian detour signs will be posted. During this time period the bike path will be considered as a construction zone. Therefore, only construction crews and emergency personnel will be permitted into the area. Work will be performed between 8:00AM to 4:00PM.

Future updates will be provided acknowledging which sections of the bike path have been returned to service; pedestrian detour signs will also be reassigned.

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

The new pipes are part of the City’s Recycled Water Easterly Main Extension Project which will provide reclaimed water to local citrus farmers and the North County Cemetery District in eastern Escondido.


Escondido City Manager Announces Retirement  

10/21/15 Categories: City of Escondido


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido City Manager Clay Phillips informed the City Council today of his plans to retire this December.  His last day will be December 18, 2015.  In his letter of resignation to the City Council, Mr. Phillips noted, “It has been my pleasure and my privilege to have served you, our employees and the residents of Escondido for nearly 30 years and as your City Manager for the last 12.”


Mayor Sam Abed expressed appreciation for Mr. Phillips’ service, saying, “Clay has been the longest tenured City Manager in Escondido’s history and a great leader for the City.  His strong financial expertise and management skills steered Escondido through economic downturns to financial stability and economic growth. His contributions to make Escondido a better city are greatly appreciated.”


Mr. Phillips began his career with the City of Escondido in January 1986 as Director of Finance.  In 1993 he was promoted to the position of Director of Financial and Administrative Services.  He was promoted to the position of Deputy City Manager in 1997 a position he held until 2003 when became City Manager.  Prior to working for the city of Escondido, Mr. Phillips was the Deputy Finance Officer for the City of Irvine from 1983 to 1986.  He also served as an Accountant for the City of Santa Ana from 1980 to 1983.



Temporary Lane Closures on Bear Valley Parkway 

10/13/15 Categories: City of Escondido



DATE: October 13, 2015                                                                       

CONTACT: Lori Rountree, 760-839-6245



Temporary Lane Closures on Bear Valley Parkway


The City of Escondido will performing repairs to a water line located on Bear Valley Parkway. The number one northbound lane of Bear Valley Parkway and the southbound turn lane from Bear Valley Parkway onto Peet Lane will be closed until approximately 10 p.m. tonight. Please consider using an alternate route.



Council Approves Settlement Agreement with Stuck in the Rough 

10/07/15 Categories: City of Escondido


Contact: Jeffrey Epp, 760-839-4608

The Escondido City Council has reached an agreement under which Stuck in the Rough (SITR) will dismiss its litigation pertaining to the former Escondido Country Club property.

Under the agreement, a prior court ruling which invalidated an Open Space Initiative for the property will remain in place and the City will not appeal that ruling.  SITR will withdraw its 2015 application for 270 homes, with fees to be either credited or reimbursed. While SITR retains ownership of the property, another developer will act as the lead representative on any future development application for the former Country Club property and to accept proposals for development from the surrounding community. SITR has presently identified three potential developers for the property. The City will process any application in accordance with CEQA, the Planning and Zoning Law, the Subdivision Map Act, and any other applicable laws.

Each side will bear their own costs and attorney fees.


A copy of the agreement will be placed online on Thursday, October 8 and can be found at:


College and Career Fair - Oct. 3 at Westfield North County 

09/21/15 Categories: City of Escondido


Contact: Michelle Geller, 760-839-4587

A no-cost College and Career Fair will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from Noon to 4 p.m. on levels 2 and 3 at Westfield North County mall, 272 East Via Rancho Parkway.  Representatives from over 100 colleges and universities will be on hand to provide information to students and their parents about entrance requirements, application deadlines, and majors. Representatives also will be there for those interested in community college, trade school, certification programs and military service.


Recognizing that a well-educated workforce is essential to Escondido’s prosperity, a wide range of organizations are sponsoring the fair: Mission Federal Credit Union, Westfield North County, Cal State University San Marcos Extended Studies, City of Escondido, Escondido Chamber of Commerce, Escondido Union High School District, Palomar College GEAR UP Partnership Program, San Diego Union-Tribune and the Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District.


For more information, please visit:


Escondido Community Wellness Expo - Information and Resources for Older Adults 

09/21/15 Categories: City of Escondido

For Immediate Release

Contact: Karen Williams, 760-839-4688

The Escondido Senior Center will host the 9th Annual Community Wellness Expo on Saturday, October 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.. at the Park Avenue Community Center, 210 Park Avenue. The Expo is designed to “Enrich the Lives of Older Adults and Their Families,” by providing valuable health/wellness information and resources that support older adults, family members, friends and care givers who help and assist with important life enhancing decisions.


Wellness Expo attendees can browse over 30 exhibitor booths staffed with well-informed personnel who will disseminate vital information.  The event also features:

  • Health screenings provided by community partners including Palomar Health who offer Meet the Pharmacist for one-on-one consultations (older adults should bring all medications), body composition, blood pressure, flu shots;
  • Meet the Registered Dietician/Nutritionist educator;
  • Professional Hearing Associates will evaluate hearing health;
  • Wellness Activities include Pot-A-Plant, Pet Therapy by Helen Woodward Animal Center, Senior Portraits by Palomar Community College, and Chair Massage.


Attendance at the Expo is free and includes a continental breakfast from 8:30 – 9:30 am with gift basket drawings being held throughout the event.


The Expo is sponsored by the City of Escondido in partnership with Palomar Health.  For information please call the Escondido Senior Center at 760-839-4688.




Temporary Closure of Eastbound East Lincoln Ave 

09/18/15 Categories: City of Escondido


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     CONTACT: Bud Oliveira

DATE: September 18, 2015                                                        PHONE: 760-839-4668



Due to a sink hole, the City of Escondido advises motorists that access along eastbound East Lincoln Avenue at Rose Street will be closed to ALL traffic until further notice while repairs are being made. Detours will be in place in the surrounding areas to help reroute traffic. Foot traffic to Rose Elementary School will not be effected.

Persons with questions or comments may contact Bud Oliveira, Deputy Director of Public Works, at 760-839-4668.



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