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Escondido Public Library Presents a Kwanzaa Celebration by Musical Storyteller and Artist Lecturer, Josiah 

12/10/13 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Natalie Mason, 760-839-5450

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Literacy and Lifelong Learning Services presents the talented Josiah and his performance of the Kwanzaa celebration, targeted for children in grades K – 6th and their families. This event will be held at the Escondido Public Library in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.

 In this Kwanzaa presentation, Josiah demonstrates through songs, stories, poetry, and narration, the significance of this cultural and social holiday celebration. Josiah encourages families to engage themselves in this cultural experience, celebrating the seven values of Kwanzaa such as unity, responsibility, building self-esteem, and creativity.

For the last 15 years, Josiah has been performing for schools, from pre-school to college level, at all types of organizations. He is a professional singer, songwriter and guitarist, and is accomplished on the piano, drum, native flute, and assorted percussion instruments.

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. For more information on this event please visit the library website or contact Natalie Mason in Literacy Services at (760) 839-5450. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Contact the library at 760-839-4684 or go to http://library.escondido.org.

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Author Ernie Cowan Presents Anza-Borrego: a Photographic Journey at Escondido Public Library 

12/10/13 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Paul Crouthamel, 760-839-4814

Escondido, CA – Author and photographer Ernie Cowan will speak at the Escondido Public Library on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. He will discuss the second edition of his book, Anza-Borrego: a Photographic Journey, and showcase his stunning photographs.

Ernie Cowan, also widely known as a former Escondido mayor, captures the essence of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in his photographs. The book’s beautiful images highlight the sheer scope of the size, moods, and seasonal variations found within this remarkable and sometimes mysterious California state park.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at http://library.escondido.org or call Adult Services at 760-839-4839. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

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Final Districting Plan 

12/06/13 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Diane Halverson, 760-839-4617

On Wednesday, December 4, 2013 following a presentation by Dana Nuesca, Chairperson of the Independent Districting Commission, the Escondido City Council unanimously approved the Commission’s Recommended District Plan, dividing the City of Escondido into four (4) Council districts. 

The seven member commission drew the district boundary lines pursuant to the criteria set forth in the Consent Decree  in the following order of priority:  1) Districts shall comply with the United State Constitution, including containing reasonably equal population; 2) Districts shall comply with the federal Voting Rights Act; 3) Districts shall be geographically contiguous and drawn to encourage geographic compactness; 4) Districts shall be drawn with respect for geographic integrity of any neighborhood and any community of interest; and 5) The place of residence of any incumbent or political candidate shall not be considered in the drawing of district boundaries.  The Commission held a total of nine meetings and nine public hearings, where public comments were heard.  The minutes may be viewed on the City website by visiting http://www.escondido.org/IDC-minutes.aspx

These districts shall be used for all future elections of City Council members, including their recall, and for filling any vacancy in the office of member of the Council until new districts are established. The City will hold elections in November 2014 for Districts 1 and 2.  The Final Districting Plan may be viewed on the City website by visiting http://www.escondido.org/IDC-maps.aspx

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Nominations Sought for Escondido City Council Awards 

12/05/13 Categories: City of Escondido

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR ESCONDIDO CITY COUNCIL AWARDS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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. 

We encourage the general public 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:

www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/PDFs/CCAwardNominationForm2014.pdf

Categories include: Arts, Business, Community, Education, Public Safety, Historic Preservation, and Youth.  The deadline for nomination is 5:30 p.m. on Monday, January 27, 2014.

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 26, 2014.

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Don't Be Misled by Paid Advertisements or "Robo Calls"  

11/20/13 Categories: City of Escondido

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido is NOT facing bankruptcy contrary to paid advertisements in the San Diego Union Tribune, as well as automated telephone calls. These appear to be part of a campaign by one of the parties involved in litigation over the future of the Escondido Country Club property.   

Escondido finances are sound. The City has a balanced budget and maintains a General Fund Reserve in the amount of $16.5 million.  In addition, the City sets separate reserves for all litigation such that litigated cases have little impact on the general fund.

 

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eReaders eXplained at Escondido Public Library 

11/18/13 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Paul Crouthamel, 760-839-4814

Escondido, CA –On Tuesday, December 17, 2013, from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Escondido Public Library will offer “eReaders eXplained,” a free seminar on how to download eBooks to eReader devices or computers. The seminar will be held in the Turrentine Room.

“eReaders eXplained” will help take the mystery and confusion out of using eReader devices, including tablets. Librarians will explain how to use devices efficiently and demonstrate how to access and download free eBooks from the Library’s catalog, and other online sources. Attendees should bring their eReader or tablet to get the most out of hands-on learning and to follow along. Anyone thinking about buying an eReader for their own personal use or as a gift can learn about the features found in different models.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at http://library.escondido.org or call Adult Services at 760-839-4839. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

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Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents the Neave Trio 

11/13/13 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    

Contact: Paul Crouthamel,760-839-4814   

Escondido, CA - The Neave Trio, a piano and string trio, will be performing on Saturday, December 14, 2013, at 3:00 PM in the Turrentine Room of Escondido Public Library.  This young, classical music trio, consisting of violinist Anna Williams, cellist Mikhail Veselov, and pianist Toni James, has been hailed by critics as an “up-and-coming ensemble” (WQXR Radio, New York City) and praised for its “heart on-sleeve performances” (Classical New Jersey).

The Neave Trio has enjoyed international concert and competition success spanning four continents, with recent notable performances in Guatemala, Belgium, and Russia, as well as a recital appearance at the British Embassy in Oslo, Norway.  They have performed in some of the world’s finest concert halls including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Jordan Hall, and the Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. All rising young soloists, members of the Neave Trio have been recipients ofmajor classical music awards such as the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Prize, the Gartoff Foundation Prize, and Eastman Chamber Music Honors Prize.  They will be playing works by Ravel, Beethoven, Mozart, and others.

These concerts are free and generously sponsored by the Friends of Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.  For more information, please call (760) 839-4839 or visit the Library online at http://library.escondido.org/

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Escondido Public Library Invites Children to Annual Holiday Tree Trimming Party 

11/13/13 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    

Contact: Cindi Bouvier, 760 839-5456

Escondido, CA – Escondido Library Youth Services invites children and their families to get in the holiday spirit and create holiday ornaments for the Children’s Room tree as well as an ornament to take home. This program will be held on December 5, 2013, at 3 PM in the Children’s Room. 

Children may choose from five designs: a Hanukkah star, a 3D star, a Kwanzaa chain, a kaleidoscope, and a bell. Cindi Bouvier, Senior Youth Services Librarian, states, “There will be plenty of stickers, paper, ribbon, sparkles, and glue to create these holiday ornaments.”  Please arrive early in the Children’s Room, as supplies and seats are limited. Registration is not required.  

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Please contact Senior Youth Services Librarian, Cindi Bouvier, for further information on this program at 760-839-5456 or at cbouvier@escondido.org. Other programs and events can be viewed on the Library’s monthly calendar or at http://library.escondido.org/kids.

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Escondido Public Library's 2nd Tuesday Book Club to Discuss The Round House by Louise Erdich 

11/13/13 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, December 10, 2013, at 6:00 PM in the Board Room. This month’s selection is The Round House by Louise Erdrich.

One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened to the police, her husband, Bazil, or their thirteen-year-old son, Joe.  In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed.  He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude.  Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.  While his father, who is a tribal judge, endeavors to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts, Joe becomes frustrated with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends, Cappy, Zack, and Angus, to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on January 14, 2014, with a discussion on The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey.  The selection for February 11, 2014, will be The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier.

All Library programs are free 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 http://library.escondido.org  or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.

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Preliminary Districting Plan 

10/30/13

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          CONTACT: Diane Halverson, City Clerk

DATE: October 30, 2013                                                  PHONE: 760-839-4617

PRELIMINARY DISTRICTING PLAN

On Tuesday, October 29, the Independent Districting Commission approved a Preliminary Districting Plan dividing the City of Escondido into four (4) Council districts.  If adopted by the City, those districts shall be used for all future elections of City Council members, including their recall, and for filling any vacancy in the office of member of the Council until new districts are established.  The Preliminary Districting Plan shown here may also be viewed on the City website by visiting  www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/PDFs/IDC/PreliminaryDistrictPlan.pdf

During the thirty (30) day period after filing the designated preliminary districting plan with the City Clerk, the Consent Decree directs the Commission to hold at least three (3) public hearings in various geographic areas of the City before it makes any modifications.  The schedule for these public hearings is as follows:

  • Thursday, November 21; 6 p.m. at Hidden Valley Middle School
  • Saturday, November 23; 9  a.m. at Mission Middle School
  • Sunday, November 24; 3 p.m. at Center for the Arts, Escondido

Following these public hearings, the Districting Commission will hold a Public Meeting on Sunday, November 24; 6  p.m. in City Council Chambers, 201 N. Broadway, 92025 for discussion and approval of a Recommended Districting Plan.  The approved Plan will be submitted to the City Council for its up or down approval.

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