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Town Hall Meeting 

04/28/14 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido Mayor Sam Abed will hold a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway. Following a brief update by the Mayor, residents will be welcome to ask questions or share their thoughts on any topic relating to city government.  The event is free and no reservations are required.

The meeting will be videotaped and rebroadcast the following Sunday and Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. on Cox. Ch. 19 and AT&T U-Verse Ch. 99

This is the seventh town hall meeting Mayor Abed has held since his election as Mayor.

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2014 Arbor Day Observance 

04/14/14 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Bud Oliveira, 760-839-4665

The City of Escondido, in conjunction with the Professional Tree Care Association of San Diego (PTCA),  will hold an Arbor Day Observance on April 25, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on the grounds of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (CCAE) and the Woodward Avenue Parking Lot. The PCTA will be donating personnel and equipment to provide proper tree care for the trees on the grounds of the CCAE and the Woodward Parking Lot, as well as the planting of 16 trees.

This will be the second year the PCTA has selected the City of Escondido to make their donation to tree health and tree safety.  It is the 13th consecutive year the PCTA and other commercial tree companies have provided this service to non-profit organizations.  Several PCTA-member tree care companies also will participate in this event along with Certified Arborists to ensure all work meets American National Standards Institute (ANSI)  A300 Standards and the International Society of Arboriculture Guidelines. 

Proper tree care ensures that healthy urban trees provide the utmost benefits to the communities and environments where they grow. Research-proven benefits include: the capture and long-term storage of carbon dioxide, particulate pollution collection, urban runoff diversion, oxygen production, shade/cooling, increased property values, and improved human health among other benefits. Questions and comments regarding this work may  be directed to Bud Oliveira, Deputy Director of Public Works/Operations at 760-839-4665.

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New Ways to Finance Energy-Efficient Home/Business Improvements 

04/10/14 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido residents and business owners now have two new ways to finance energy-efficient home improvement projects without significant upfront costs.  On April 9, 2014, the Escondido City Council approved participation in the Home Energy Retrofit Opportunity (HERO) program, and the Figtree PACE program.  Both programs provide Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE loans that allow commercial and residential property owners to finance renewable energy projects through long-term, low-cost, financing paid through their property tax bill. 

Improvements are financed with bonds issued through a Joint Powers Authority. The HERO program is authorized through the Western Riverside Council of Governments and administered by Renovate America, a for-profit corporation based in San Diego. The Figtree program is authorized through the California Enterprise Development Authority.  There are no fiscal impacts to the City due to joining the HERO or Figtree Programs.  There are no upfront or ongoing costs involved in being an Associate Member of WRCOG or the California Enterprise Development Authority and no costs to the City for the PACE program inception or operation.

For more information about the programs, please visit www.heroprogram.com or www.figtreefinancing.com

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Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents the San Diego Chorus 

04/09/14 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Paul Crouthamel, 760-839-4814

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series presents the San Diego Chorus on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 3:00 PM in the Turrentine Room.

The San Diego Chorus has been entertaining audiences with their vocal excellence, energy, and dazzling show performances for over 60 years. The Chorus is made up of women from all over San Diego County, ranging in age from 14 to 80 years. They are part of Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide society of women who sing four-part, a capella harmony (barbershop style). Their repertoire is American music in many styles and from many eras. For over twenty years, they have been directed by Kim Bone Vaughn. Ms. Vaughn is a quartet champion in her own right, having won the coveted International Quartet Champion title three times.

2nd Saturday Concerts are free and generously sponsored by the Friends of Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA  92025.  For more information, please call (760) 839-4839 or visit Escondido Public Library online at library.escondido.org.

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2nd Tuesday Book Club to Discuss The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin 

04/08/14 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Neva Robinson, 760-839-4839

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Board Room. This month’s selection is The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin.

Set against the rugged beauty of Washington State at the turn of the twentieth century, Amanda Coplin’s debut novel, The Orchardist, introduces readers to William Talmadge and his lovingly cultivated apple and apricot orchards. Coplin’s characters are deeply rooted in the mystery of the American West. She brings them together, like the grafting of Talmadge’s trees, to form a unique family bound not by blood but by the shared experience of tragedy, the land, and ultimately fate.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on June 10, 2014, with discussion of a classic, The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger.  The selection for July 8, 2014, will be a short story collection, Damage Control, by Amber Dermont.

This program is sponsored by Friends of Escondido Public Library.  All Library programs are free and open to the public.  Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit library.escondido.org or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.

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Free Genealogy Workshop – Saturday, May 3, 2014 Escondido Public Library Pioneer Room 

04/08/14 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Helene Idels, 760-839-4315

Escondido, CA – The Escondido Public Library will host a free Genealogy Workshop on Saturday, May 3, 2014, from 2:30 – 4:00 PM.  The Workshop will be held in the Library’s Pioneer Room, the City’s local history archive. The Pioneer Room is located adjacent to the Library in the Mathes Community Center building at 247 South Kalmia Street. This Workshop is designed for adults who want to discover their family history and learn more about resources and techniques for genealogy research. Intermediate genealogy enthusiasts are also welcome to attend.

The Workshop will be taught by Ginger Kullman, a lifelong Escondido resident and genealogy aficionado. It will feature an overview of genealogy resources and tools.  Attendees will also receive free literature packets and an introduction to Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource.  The Escondido Public Library subscribes to Ancestry.com and makes this popular genealogy database available for free public use in the Main Library and at the Pioneer Room.

Reservations are required as seating may be limited.  Contact Ginger Kullman at 760-745-6633 to register.  This program is sponsored by the Pioneer Room Friends, Escondido Public Library’s archives support group, dedicated to preserving and advancing Escondido’s rich local history. To learn more about Escondido Public Library’s services, programs and events, contact the Library at 760-839-4684 or visit library.escondido.org.

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Tree Trimming 

03/31/14 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Bud Oliveira, 760-839-4665

The City of Escondido will have tree maintenance crews raising the canopies of the street trees in the area bounded by Kalmia and Centre City Parkway and 2nd and 13th streets starting Tuesday, April 1st. Crews will trim trees to provide a minimum of seven and one half feet of pedestrian clearance in the sidewalk areas and in the street area trees will be trimmed to provide a minimum of fourteen and one half feet for vehicle clearance. This work is being done to improve pedestrian safety and increase visibility for motorists. 

The work is expected to take several months. Questions and comments regarding this work can be directed to Bud Oliveira, Deputy Director of Public Works/Operations at 760-839-4665.

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Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

03/29/14 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Paul Crouthamel, 760-839-4814

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, April 26, from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the Library’s Board Room. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish.  The suspense thriller Perdida / Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is the selected book for April.

Nick’s wife Amy disappears on the day of their fifth wedding anniversary.  With signs of a struggle in the house, Nick quickly becomes the prime suspect.  As Amy’s case drags on, evidence mounts against Nick, though he maintains his innocence.  Under pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—Nick, the town golden boy, engages in an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior.  Nick is oddly evasive, but is he really a killer?  As the cops close in on Nick, every couple in town begins to wonder how well they know their loved ones.  And, if Nick didn’t do it, where is his beautiful wife? 

Adult Services Librarian Paul Crouthamel states, “When you discuss a great book with others who have read it, you share your perspectives and learn how other people might interpret the story differently. Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner) discussions are a perfect way to learn about interesting books and converse in both languages.”

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In May, readers will discuss El castillo de cristal / The Glass Castle  by Jeannette Walls. 

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.

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Downtown Parking Survey Available Online 

03/28/14 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

At the request of the Escondido City Council Downtown Parking Subcommittee, an online survey has been developed to solicit feedback from residents and visitors about their experiences with downtown parking.  Persons wishing to participate in the survey may do so by visiting www.escondido.org and clicking on "Downtown Parking Survey" at the bottom of  the box marked "Current Issues".

The survey will remain online until April 28, 2014.

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Celebrate National Library Week April 13-19, 2014 with Escondido Public Library 

03/26/14 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Cynthia Smith, 760-839-4329

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, April 13 – 19, 2014. National Library Week highlights the value of libraries and their contribution to the world of learning.

On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, Escondido Mayor Sam Abed will issue a National Library Week Proclamation at the City Council Meeting. The public is invited to attend the brief ceremony at 4:30 PM in Council Chambers located at 201 North Broadway in downtown Escondido.

Escondido Public Library is at the heart of the community, enriching quality of life as a place where people can gain knowledge and enjoy cultural experiences. Everyone is encouraged to visit the Library, either on-site or online, and discover services and programs for all ages. Library patrons can come in and checkout a book, or visit the Library website to download an eBook. The Library is a place to study, explore the City’s archive, improve literacy skills, access Wi-Fi, or use a computer. Free programs such as book clubs, career readiness workshops, concerts, author visits, and a monthly calendar of events for children and teens are continually offered.

Escondido Public Library is also pleased to announce its participation in the 2014 community reading project, “One Book, One San Diego,” sponsored by KPBS. The selected title for this year’s program will be announced in mid-May and program details will follow.

“Service to Escondido’s community and access to information have always been our focus.” said Cynthia Smith, Deputy City Librarian. “Our Library is continually evolving to keep up with how people access information and use technology. In a sometimes overwhelming, information-rich age, Escondido’s librarians offer patrons expert help to reach accurate information quickly. Librarians are a valuable resource and National Library Week highlights their service.”

Visit the Escondido Public Library at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information on hours, locations and coming events, call 760-839-4684, or access the Escondido Public Library website at library.escondido.org

 

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