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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.

ESCONDIDO COMMUNITY SERVICES COMMISSION MEETING 

10/30/13 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

DATE: October 28, 2013

CONTACT: Loretta McKinney

PHONE: (760) 839-4871

 

ESCONDIDO COMMUNITY SERVICES COMMISSION MEETING

On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, the Community Services Commission will conduct a meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers at 201 North Broadway.

In addition to the Park Improvement Projects Update, New Business agenda items include:

  • · Review an unsolicited proposal and business plan to build and operate a BMX track in Escondido’s Kit Carson Park or in another location
  • · Request to rename Kit Carson Park’s “Sand Lake” to “Eagle Scout Lake”
  • · Review of the James Stone Pool Audit
  • · Kit Carson Park Adult Softball Complex Concession Update
  • · Recreation Services Update
  • · Older Adult Services Update

Any action taken at this meeting is advisory only and will require Council approval before implementation. The meeting is free and open to the public. For information regarding this meeting, please contact Loretta McKinney by phone at 760.839.4871 or email at Lmckinney@escondido.org.

 

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Tempoary Closure of Washington Avenue 

10/14/13 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621 

Washington Avenue between Juniper and Broadway in Escondido will be closed beginning  Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. until approximately 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 22,  2013  to complete emergency pavement repairs resulting from a recent water main break.

Traffic control and detour signage will be placed to assist motorists around the construction area. As always with work of this nature, unanticipated problems may delay the completion of the work. Motorists are advised to choose alternate routes and to avoid the area if possible during the scheduled construction.

City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspectors will be onsite during the construction. Should a need arise to report a problem the following City staff can be contacted during the hours indicated:

Kevin Brickley            760-855-6129           From 8:00 p.m. to 1:00am

Colin Kemper            760-216-3917           From 1:00 a.m. to Completion

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Escondido Community Wellness Expo October 19  

Information and Resources for Older Adults and Their Families
10/07/13

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Karen Williams, (760) 839-4688

The Escondido Senior Center is excited to host the 7th Annual Community Wellness Expo on Saturday, October 19, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.  Designed to “Enrich the Lives of Older Adults and Their Families,” the Community Wellness Expo will provide valuable health and wellness information and resources necessary to make important decisions for optimal care of older adults. 

We encourage older adults, their families and friends to participate in this very important event!  Browse through over 30 exhibitor booths and learn about resources, programs and services available for older adults in our community.  Prepare for the cold and flu season by getting your flu shots, and/or pneumonia and shingles vaccinations. Take advantage of free health screenings by our experts in body composition, blood pressure, and hearing health.  Bring your medications for one-on-one consultations with a pharmacist! 

A free continental breakfast will be offered to all attendees from 8:30 – 9:30 am, and a free gift basket drawing will be held throughout the event.  Admission is free and parking is plentiful and easy!

This event will be held at the Park Avenue Community Center, home of Escondido Senior Center located at 210 Park Ave. Escondido, CA 92025.  For general information please call the Escondido Senior Center at (760) 839-4688. 

This community event is coordinated by the Community Wellness Association of Escondido.  This group is comprised of local organizations and businesses that serve older adults and their families:  The City of Escondido’s Senior Center, Seniors Serving Seniors, and Palomar Health. 

Escondido 125th Anniversary Celebration Sunday, Oct. 6 

09/26/13

For Immediate Release

Contact: Michelle Geller - (760) 839-4587

A free community event commemorating the city’s quasquicentennial will be held on Sunday, October 6, 2013 from 1 – 4 p.m. in Grape Day Park near the Escondido History Center (321 North Broadway).

The event will include:

The Downtown Business Association, Escondido Chamber of Commerce, Visit Escondido, Think Grand and Friends of Daley Ranch will also offer information and activities. For more information visit www.happybirthday.escondido.org

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Escondido Town Hall Meeting 

09/23/13 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, October 9, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway. Residents are 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, as well as being available in the online archive at www.escondido.org .

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

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El Caballo Master Plan Project Underway 

09/05/13 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Loretta McKinney, 760-839-4871

The City of Escondido recently contracted with Tim Smith, President of Wynn-Smith Landscape Architecture, Inc. to work with the community and City staff to develop the master plan for the proposed El Caballo Park; a potential new equestrian-oriented public recreational facility.  The master plan will solidify a vision for the appropriate development and recreational use of the future   park and guide the City’s plans for future civic investment. The site, located at 3410 Valley Center Road is owned by the City of Escondido. Smith will conduct three meetings with the community to share information about the master plan process, timeline and project concepts. Meeting participants will have an opportunity to ask questions about the project and share their ideas regarding the activities in, and uses of the future park. The schedule of the meetings, which will all be held at the East Valley Community Center at 2245 East Valley Parkway, is:

Saturday, September 21, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 10, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 14, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

A special site visit will be held on Saturday, September 21, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the proposed El Caballo Park site, at 3410 Valley Center Road.

Library and Community Services Director Loretta McKinney, said,  “The goal for the master plan is to create a vision for the future park  to be a public facility that accommodates equestrian-oriented activities, incorporating unique facilities and services that benefit the entire community while preserving the natural beauty of the area. It is important for Smith and the City to hear the valuable input and concerns of the community in order to create an appropriate plan, to develop the property in the future as funding becomes available.” For information regarding the El Caballo Park Master Plan, call Loretta McKinney at 760-839-4871.

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Grace Period Ends for Feather Flags 

09/04/13

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          

CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, (760) 839-4621

At its June 5, 2013 meeting, the Escondido City Council voted to end a one-year pilot program that allowed businesses to use advertising feather flags and temporary portable signs. As a courtesy to business owners, the City allowed a “grace period” until September 1, 2013 after which all feather flags and temporary portable signs were to be removed from display except those flags/signs displaying a special event sign permit sticker. Businesses that have not removed their feather flags/portable signs risk receiving a Notice of Violation from the Code Enforcement Division.

Please call Code Enforcement at 760-839-4650 if you have questions about this issue.

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