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“Dine Out Escondido!” Restaurant Week - January 25-31 

01/08/15 Categories: City of Escondido

Dine Out Escondido!In conjunction with Visit California’s annual “California Restaurant Month” during the month of January, Escondido will be hosting its second “Dine Out Escondido!” culinary tourism program promoting local restaurants.

This year, “Dine Out Escondido!” will offer a change of strategy from last year. “Following a hugely successful first year, we’re excited to give our restaurant partners a more focused program by building momentum for a 7-day program,” said Katherine Zimmer, Tourism and Marketing Administrator for the City of Escondido. Zimmer also mentioned that these dates align well with San Diego Restaurant Week, which occurs the week prior to the Escondido program.

Visit Escondido is confident last year’s high promotional reach during “Dine Out Escondido!” will prove just as impactful in 2015 through the highly anticipated program.
The City of Escondido is the only city in San Diego’s North County to be involved in this important economic program. Forty cities participated statewide in 2014.

Everyone can savor the diverse culinary flavors of Escondido during “Dine Out Escondido!” by taking advantage of this opportunity to visit their favorite restaurants, discover new ones, and truly enjoy the creativity of Escondido’s fantastic chefs and restaurateurs.  

For details of participating restaurants and their specials, go to www.VisitEscondido.com

U-T San Diego article: Escondido's Eateries Aim To Entice More Customers To 'Dine Out'

Participating Restaurants:
Around town…    
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens
Vintana Wine + Dine
Cocina Del Charro
Offbeat Brewing Company
On The Border
Brigantine Seafood & Oyster Bar
Canyon Grille Restaurant & Bar
Carin de Ria
Mike’s BBQ

Bellamy’s Restaurant
California Avocado Grill
Cuscatlan Salvadorian Cuisine
Intertwined Bistro and Wine Bar
Jalapeño Grill & Cantina
Kettle Coffee & Tea
Plan 9 Alehouse
The Continental Deli
The Grand Tea Room
Vinz Wine Bar

About Visit Escondido
Visit Escondido promotes Escondido’s great variety of attractions, events, and things to do in the heart of San Diego’s North County Inland area. Escondido is home to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido and renowned events such as Cruisin’ Grand, as well as scenic and urban wineries, craft breweries, unique arts & theatre, culinary experiences, and a vibrant historic downtown. Additionally, there are many outdoor activities to take advantage of in the beautiful year-round climate including golf, hiking, biking, fishing, equestrian and sporting events. Go to www.VisitEscondido.com for a complete calendar of events, dining, lodging, arts, outdoor activities and attractions information, or call 760-839-4777. The Visitor Center is located at 235 East Grand Avenue and is open Tuesday-Friday, 10am – 4pm.


Mayflower Dog Park to Close Temporarily for Maintenance 

01/07/15 Categories: City of Escondido


CONTACT: Andy Villalobos, 760-839-4362

Escondido’s Mayflower Dog Park, 3420 Valley Center Road, will be closed January 19-23, 2015 for maintenance.  The work will include maintenance on the irrigation system, new wood chips, fence repairs and gopher eradication.

For questions about the closure, please contact Andy Villalobos, Parks Supervisor, at 760-839-4362.


Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

01/06/15 Categories: Library


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, January 31, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Yo antes de ti/Me Before You, by JoJo Moyes, is the selected book for January. Participants discuss books bilingually, in English and Spanish, enabling them to enjoy great literature in either language. Rincón Literario also provides an opportunity to improve either English or Spanish language skills. 

Yo antes de ti/Me Before You is a best-selling novel, with wide critical acclaim. Moyes introduces Will Traynor, a formerly high-flying, thrill-seeking executive now confined to a wheelchair as a quadriplegic. Louisa Clark, a 26-year-old working-class girl, is hired by Will’s mother to boost his morale. After the accident, the only power Will believes he has is the power to end his life. Louisa has never fully lived—before meeting Will her plans didn’t extend beyond their tiny English town. In Lou, he discovers an unexpected outlet for his thwarted energies—teaching her how to exert her own autonomy. Deciding that the only chance she has of getting Will to take an interest in his own future is to make him take an interest in hers, Louisa devises character-building adventures they can undertake together for her benefit, hoping it will give him a reason to live. All signs point to romance and a happy ending for the pair, but Moyes has something more heartbreakingly truthful in mind; sometimes love isn’t enough.  

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In February, readers will discuss Has visto a Maria? / Have You Seen Marie? by Sandra Cisneros.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from 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.


Escondido Public Library Hosts Burritos & Book Club for Teens 

12/29/14 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 

CONTACT: Cathy Janovitz, 760-839-4283

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library will host a new program for teens, ages 13 to 18 years, called Burritos & Book Club. At Burritos & Book Club, teens get together every other month to discuss a selected title and exchange ideas and opinions while enjoying complimentary burritos. The first Burritos & Book Club will take place on Thursday, January 29, 2015, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. All subsequent meetings will be held bi-monthly at the same time and location.

The introductory meeting will provide teens with information about the book club and there will be a general discussion about what the group should read in the future. Teens are encouraged to bring their favorite book(s) to the meeting. Teens will also take part in selecting the title for the next meeting which will take place on Thursday, March 26, 2015. All participants will receive a free book or audiobook at the end of the first program.

Registration for the first meeting is not required, but registration will be required for future meetings. Beginning Thursday, February 5, 2015, teens can register for the next meeting and check-out a copy of the selected title at the Adult Information Desk, located on the first floor.

Cathy Janovitz, Escondido Public Library’s Teen Librarian commented, “We’ve had a lot of teens asking for a teen book club so we’re introducing Burritos & Book Club to welcome the New Year. Burritos & Book Club takes place in a relaxed and social setting, tailored just for teens. You could say Burritos & Book Club is good for body and mind. How can you miss with complimentary burritos and free Library books?”

This program is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Pubic Library and Taco Bell located at 627 N. Escondido Boulevard in Escondido. Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido, California. For more information about teen programs, contact Teen Librarian, Cathy Janovitz, at 760-839-4283 or cjanovitz@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library can be found at library.escondido.org.


eReaders eXplained at Escondido Public Library 

12/29/14 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         

CONTACT: Paul Crouthamel, 760-839-4814                                                                             

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will offer “eReaders eXplained,” providing instruction and demonstrations on how to access and download free Library eBooks and online magazines to your smartphone, tablet, eReader, or computer. eReaders eXplained, will be held on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Seating will be limited to the first 20 people, so please come early.

eReaders eXplained takes the mystery out of how to use Library eBooks with eReaders, including iPads, iPhones, and other tablets, and will provide step-by-step guidance for the required one-time set-up. Anyone considering purchasing or having received an eReader as a gift can learn about the features of different types of eReaders. In addition, the program will also provide information on how to access Zinio, the Library’s new, downloadable magazine collection with over 100 popular magazines for use on computers, smartphones, and tablets.

Attendees should bring their own devices to get the most out of this hands-on learning experience.

Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Paul Crouthamel at 760-839-4814. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.


Escondido Public Library Hosts Board Game Afternoon for Teens 

12/22/14 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                          

CONTACT: Cathy Janovitz, 760-839-4283

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library introduces Board Game Afternoon, a new weekly program especially for teens and tweens beginning January 16, 2015. Board Game Afternoon takes place in the Library’s Turrentine Room every Friday from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., where teens can engage in friendly competition playing a variety of new and classic board games.

A collection of games is provided for players, such as Apples to Apples, Monopoly, Operation, Cranium, and Scrabble. This is the perfect opportunity for teens to start the weekend and unwind after school. It’s also a great way for high school teens to sharpen their skills to compete in the Library’s annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament which will be held on March 14, 2015. Cathy Janovitz, Teen Librarian, commented, “Board Game Afternoon is a way for high school teens interested in competing in Scrabble-Thon to practice, sharpen their skills and form teams to compete for the coveted trophy for their school.”

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Pubic Library. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Contact Teen Librarian, Cathy Janovitz, at 760-839-4283 or visit our website library.escondido.org for information on Library programs.


Traffic Advisory December 29-31 



DATE: December 22, 2014

CONTACT: Rafael Rivera

PHONE: (760) 839-4802

City tree crews will be pruning eucalyptus trees on the 600 block of East Grand Avenue December 29 – 31 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

West bound Grand Avenue will be closed at Elm Street. Detours will be posted. Motorists are advised to avoid this area if possible.


Rebroadcast of the Escondido Jaycees Christmas Parade 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      

CONTACT: Joyce Masterson

DATE: December 19,  2014                                                        

PHONE: (760) 839-4621


The 64th Annual Jaycees Christmas Parade held last Saturday, December 13, 2014, will be re-broadcasted on Sunday, December 21, 2014 and Monday, December 22, 2014, beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Channel 19 for Cox Subscribers and Ch. 99 for AT&T U-verse subscribers.


Clarification of State Controller’s Public Employee Compensation Report 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                

CONTACT: Joyce Masterson

PHONE: 760-839-4621

Clarification of State Controller’s Public Employee Compensation Report

Today the California State Controller posted the 2013 Compensation Report online.

As part of that report, the City of Escondido provided detailed information regarding the City’s revenue and expenditures, including the compensation of the City Manager and City Attorney.

The City Manager and City Attorney’s compensation in this year’s Controller’s report appears to be significantly higher than in previous years.   That is because under a provision in their current contracts, they have been authorized to cash out one-third of their accumulated leave balances every year of their three year contracts, rather than only when they separate from the City.   The compensation listed in the report includes the leave payments they received.

The contract provision was authorized by the City Council because as long-term employees, each with more than 25 years of service, their accumulated leave balances are large.   By spreading out their leave payment over three years it relieves the burden of a large one-time payment on the city budget.


East Valley Community Center Holiday Hours 

12/12/14 Categories: City of Escondido


CONTACT: Jilaine Hernandez, 760-839-4384

The East Valley Community Center (EVCC) at 2245 East Valley Parkway, will adjust its operating hours during the two holiday weeks from December 22, 2014 through January 3, 2015 as follows:

  • Monday:  December 22nd and 29th - 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: December 23rd and 30th - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 24th - 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday: December 26th and 27th - 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In addition to holiday hours, the EVCC will be closed for carpet cleaning and floor resurfacing as follows:

  • Thursday, December 25: Christmas Day
  • Wednesday, December 31: maintenance
  • Thursday, January 1, 2015: New Year’s Day
  • Friday, January 2, 2015: maintenance
  • Saturday, January 3, 2015: maintenance


Since the Escondido Technology Center is located within the EVCC, its  hours will also be adjusted as follows:

  • Wednesday, December 24th - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 31st - Closed for maintenance


On Monday, January 5, 2015, the East Valley Community Center and Escondido Technology Center will be open and resume regular operating hours.

For information about programs at the EVCC or about the holiday schedule call 760-839-4382 or visit the website at recreation.escondido.org.


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