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Escondido Appoints New Fire Chief 

05/23/16 Categories: City of Escondido Fire Department


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

City Manager Graham Mitchell announced today that Deputy Fire Chief Russell Knowles has been named Fire Chief for the City of Escondido, effective June 5, 2016.   Chief Knowles will succeed Fire Chief Mike Lowry who will retire on June 3 after almost 34 years with Escondido.


A twenty-five year veteran, Chief Knowles currently is responsible for the day-to-day details of running the Department including supervision of three Battalion Chiefs and the Training and EMS Division.  Chief Knowles joined the Escondido Fire Department as a Firefighter 1991. He has risen through the ranks, working as a Firefighter Paramedic, Fire Captain, Battalion Chief, Division Chief and Deputy Fire Chief.


Russ holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Administration from Cogswell Polytechnic College as well as an Associate’s Degree with a major in Public Fire Service.  Russ served as the Chair of the North Zone Operations Chiefs and the North Zone liaison to the San Diego County Operations committee. He also has served as President for the Escondido Firefighter’s Association.


In making the announcement City Manager Graham Mitchell noted, “Chief Knowles will continue Escondido’s tradition of providing a highly professional level of medical and fire service.  I look forward to his innovative perspective to service delivery.”


Commenting on the announcement,  Jeff Sargis, President of the Escondido Fire Fighters Association, said, “On behalf of the Escondido Firefighters Association, I  extend our congratulations to Chief Knowles on his promotion.   I look forward to our future and believe the department and community will prosper under the leadership of Chief Knowles.”


Chief Knowles’ salary will be $183,214.


SDG&E Planned Power Outage - Sunday Night, May 22 to Monday Morning, May 23 


A planned SDG&E power outage will take place from Sunday, May 22 at approximately 10 p.m. to Monday, May 23 at 7 a.m. in Escondido near the area of Washington Ave. and Metcalf. It will affect traffic signals in that area. SDG&E will place stop signs at intersections. For more information, call SDG&E at 1-800-211-SDGE (7343) or visit http://www.sdge.com/safety/outages/planned-outages-service-improvements



2nd Tuesday Book Club Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary and Discusses Code Talker by Chester Nez 

05/16/16 Categories: Library


CONTACT: Monica Barrette, 760-839-4836

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on June 14, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This event is part of the Library’s annual Summer Reading Challenge for kids, teens, and adults, which runs from June 13 to July 31 and encourages community members of all ages to Exercise Your Mind. This month’s selection is Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII by Chester Nez. Refreshments will be served in honor of the program's 10-year anniversary, and this meeting is not to be missed! Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

Chester Nez, the last original Navajo code talker to serve in the United States Marine Corps during World War II, recounts the engrossing true story of how he and his fellow code talkers turned the tide of the war by creating a secret military language that not even the Japanese could crack. To this day, it remains the only unbroken code in modern warfare.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue as a part of the Summer Reading Challenge on July 12, 2016 with The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown. The selection for August 9, 2016 is There’s Something I Want You to Do by Charles Baxter. More information about the Summer Reading Challenge can be found at library.escondido.org/summer.

Library programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and 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 library.escondido.org or contact Adult Services Librarian Monica Barrette at 760-839-4836.


Planned Power Outage in Northern Escondido on Saturday Night 

05/12/16 Categories: City of Escondido


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621


San Diego Gas and Electric has scheduled a planned power outage for Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 10:00 p.m. for up to 8 Hours to replace cable in the area (weather permitting and barring any other unforeseen circumstances).  SDG&E has sent letters to all residents who will be impacted by this planned outage, with details about the scheduled outage and steps to take to prepare for the outage.


To get more information, or if you experience an outage that you were not notified about and need more information, please call us at 800-411-SDGE, check the outage map at SDGE.com, or download the SDG&E app on your cell phone for up-to-date outage information.


Town Hall Meeting 

05/12/16 Categories: City of Escondido




Escondido Mayor Sam Abed will hold a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway. Following a brief update by the Mayor, residents will have an opportunity 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 eleventh town hall meeting Mayor Abed has held since his election as Mayor.



Escondido Writers Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

05/11/16 Categories: Library


CONTACT: Cecy Rayphole, 760-839-4289

Escondido, CA – Escondido Writers Group meets at the Escondido Public Library on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Writers of fiction, non-fiction, and memoirs are all invited to join the Escondido Writers Group for an opportunity to improve their writing by participating in monthly readings and group critiques. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their current writing projects to share and receive constructive feedback. Pre-registration is required; please register at library.escondido.org/register.

Escondido Writers Group is free and open to the public. For more information about future Escondido Writers Group meetings and other Library programs, visit library.escondido.org or contact Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.


Queen Califia's Magical Circle Open this Saturday 

05/09/16 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 9, 2016                                                   

CONTACT: Kristina Owens, 760-839-4519




Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public this Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Queen Califia docents will be on site to answer questions.

Queen Califia's Magical Circle is the only American sculpture garden and the last major international project created by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002). Inspired by California's mythic, historic, and cultural roots, the garden consists of nine large-scale sculptures, a circular "snake wall" and maze entryway, sculpturally integrated bench seating and native shrubs and trees planted within the interior plaza and along the outer perimeter. The garden bears the brilliant, unique mosaic ornamentation that is an unmistakable part of de Saint Phalle's later work. Complete restoration of the exhibit is underway and will continue for the next several months.

Photo courtesy of Kurt Lightfoot www.dejavuphotoservices.com


eReaders eXplained at Escondido Public Library 

05/09/16 Categories: Library


CONTACT: Viktor Sjoberg, 760-839-4814


Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library offers eReaders eXplained, providing instruction and demonstrations on how to access and download free Library eBooks and eAudiobooks to your smartphone, tablet, eReader, or computer. eReaders eXplained will be held on Wednesdays May 11, May 18, and May 25, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Media area on the first floor of the Library.

eReaders eXplained takes the mystery out of how to use Library eBooks and eAudiobooks with eReaders, including iPads, iPhones, and other tablets, and will provide step-by-step guidance for the required one-time set-up. Attendees should bring their own devices and device login information. Pre-registration is required, please register at library.escondido.org/register.

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, call Senior Librarian Viktor Sjöberg at 760-839-4814 or email vsjoberg@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.


Cruisin' Grand Cancelled Friday, May 6 



Date: Friday, May 6, 2016
Contact: Michelle Geller (760) 839-4587

The organizers of Cruisin’ Grand have decided to cancel today’s event due to weather.

About the event: Cruisin’ Grand brings thousands of visitors to Escondido every Friday night throughout the summer. This popular event is not only for classic car enthusiasts but for everyone to enjoy strolling along Grand Avenue, stopping in for a bite at one of our many restaurants and people-watching on those warm summer nights. Each Friday night, awards are given to the most impressive pre-1973, American-made cars. Theme nights include “Fire Truck Night”, “Nitro Night” and “AFX Night.” For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.cruisingrand.com


Voter Registration Deadline Approaching 

05/03/16 Categories: City of Escondido


CONTACT: Diane Halverson, 760-839-4617

Escondido City Clerk Diane Halverson reminds residents that Monday, May 23 is the last day to register to vote in the California Primary Election to be held June 7, 2016.

City Hall will remain open until midnight May 23 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 23.  For more information on political party rules for presidential primary voting please visit:


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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