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Escondido Cool Zone Locations 

05/12/14 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

With extremely hot weather predicted this week, 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)

Tap Water Odor 

05/09/14 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The City has received calls about an odor in our tap water. Please know that the drinking water in Escondido is safe.  The County Water Authority (CWA) reports that the odor/taste issue is being experienced throughout San Diego County and is from an algae bloom near Lake Skinner. The Water Utilities Division is now cutting back on their use of imported water from Lake Skinner and are using additional local water.

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Voter Registration Deadline Approaching 

05/05/14 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:  DIANE HALVERSON, CITY CLERK, 760-839-4617 

Escondido City Clerk Diane Halverson reminds residents that Monday, May 19 is the last day to register to vote in the California Primary Election to be held June 3, 2014. 

City Hall will remain open until midnight May 19 to accept voter registration cards.  During regular business hours, you may register online at www.sdvote.org or at the San Diego County Registrar of Voters.  Registration cards are available at the City Clerk’s Office during regular business hours; however, between 5:30 p.m. and midnight, we will be registering voters in the City Council Chambers foyer at City Hall, 201 North Broadway.

If you have moved, changed your name (due to marriage or court order), or wish to change your party affiliation since the last election, you must re-register no later than midnight, Monday, May 19.

If you have any questions concerning voter registration, please contact the Registrar of Voters Office at 858-565-5800, or the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 201 North Broadway, Escondido, 760-839-4617.

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Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

05/05/14 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, May 31, 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.  El castillo de cristal / The Glass Castle by Jeannette Wallsis the selected book for May.

Rex and Rose Mary Walls and their four children lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns or camping in the mountains.  When sober, Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who captured his children’s imagination and taught them how to embrace life fearlessly.  Rose Mary painted and wrote but couldn’t bear the responsibility of a family. 

When their money ran out, the Walls returned to the dismal West Virginia mining town and family that Rex Wall had done everything he could to escape.  As the dysfunction of her family escalated, Jeannette and the other Wall children had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents’ repeated betrayals. Until, finally, Jeannette found the resources and will to leave home. Hers is a story of triumph against all odds. Yet, it’s also a tender tale of unconditional love in a family that, despite its profound flaws, gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.  

Araceli Capilla, a long-time Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner) member commented, “I have had the enjoyable experience of reading a great diversity of writers from different cultural backgrounds. In addition, Miriam Ruvinsky, the discussion facilitator, always provides thorough background information about both the author and subject matter to further enrich our discussions. This is a great way to discover new authors and improve your bilingual communication skills.”

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In June, readers will discuss La llave de Sarah / Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay.

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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Escondido Public Library Hosts Job Fair 

05/05/14 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Josephine Jones, 760-839-4219

Escondido, CA  –  Escondido Public Library’s Literacy and Lifelong Learning Division is partnering with Goodwill Industries to host a Job Fair on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

The Job Fair is open to the general public and job seekers will have the opportunity to meet more than two dozen potential employers with open positions that range from entry through professional levels. Participating employers will represent an array of industries and fields including: hospitality, healthcare, education, government, law enforcement, high tech, retail, and manufacturing. Job seekers are encouraged to bring their resume and may be invited to participate in on-site interviews.

Escondido Library’s Literacy and Lifelong Learning Division provides adults with one-on-one tutoring and courses to improve their reading and writing skills. The program’s career readiness component builds on the development of these skills to help prepare participants for employment and career advancement.

Escondido Public Library programs, services, and events are free and open to the public. For information on Literacy Services and other Library programs, visit library.escondido.org, or contact Josephine Jones at (760) 839-4219.

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Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Book Club Discusses Newbery Award-winner The One and Only Ivan 

04/30/14 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Lalitha Nataraj, 760-839-5456

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. (Read, Eat, and Discuss) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, meets on Friday, May 30, 2014, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 PM. Katherine Applegate’s award-winning The One and Only Ivan will be discussed, followed by a craft activity. A limited number of copies of the bookare available for checkout at the Children’s Desk and books can be reserved by accessing the catalog on the Library’s website.

Winner of the 2013 Newbery Award Medal and a New York Times bestseller,Applegate’s novel is a story told from the perspective of a captive gorilla named Ivan, who has spent much of his life in a glass enclosure of a shopping mall.  For 27 years, Ivan has grown used to humans watching him and rarely reflects on his previous life in the jungle. When he encounters Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, Ivan’s life dramatically changes. Fans of classics such as Charlotte’s Web and A Cricket in Times Square will especially find The One and Only Ivan to be a satisfying read.

Senior Librarian for Youth Services, Cindi Bouvier commented, “We have had such a fantastic reception for the R.E.A.D book club. Our April Skype session with author Kim Baker brought many fascinating questions from eager readers; afterwards, children shared how personally meaningful it was to directly interact with a real-life writer!”

This is the last R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club meeting for the spring. Look for the program to resume in Fall 2014 by checking the Library’s website.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Library programs are free and open to the public and sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Library. For information about the R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club, contact Youth Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-5456 or at lnataraj@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for children can be found at library.escondido.org/kids.

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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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