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Temporary Closure of Bike Path btw. Broadway and Hickory 

10/22/15 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact; Randy Manns, 760-839-6290, x 7031

 

Due to the installation of new recycled water pipes, the City of Escondido advises pedestrians and bicyclists that access along the bike path on the north side of the Escondido Creek Channel between Broadway and Hickory St. will be completely closed –including after hours - to all through traffic for the next several months, starting on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 up to Monday, January 18, 2016. All pedestrian detour signs will be posted. During this time period the bike path will be considered as a construction zone. Therefore, only construction crews and emergency personnel will be permitted into the area. Work will be performed between 8:00AM to 4:00PM.

Future updates will be provided acknowledging which sections of the bike path have been returned to service; pedestrian detour signs will also be reassigned.

Persons with questions or comments may contact Mark Lewis, City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspector II, at 760-807-1121; Wayne Papac, MBL Project Construction Manager at 619-247-7828 or Greg Gomez, Resident Engineer at (760) 902-7249

The new pipes are part of the City’s Recycled Water Easterly Main Extension Project which will provide reclaimed water to local citrus farmers and the North County Cemetery District in eastern Escondido.

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Escondido City Manager Announces Retirement  

10/21/15 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido City Manager Clay Phillips informed the City Council today of his plans to retire this December.  His last day will be December 18, 2015.  In his letter of resignation to the City Council, Mr. Phillips noted, “It has been my pleasure and my privilege to have served you, our employees and the residents of Escondido for nearly 30 years and as your City Manager for the last 12.”

 

Mayor Sam Abed expressed appreciation for Mr. Phillips’ service, saying, “Clay has been the longest tenured City Manager in Escondido’s history and a great leader for the City.  His strong financial expertise and management skills steered Escondido through economic downturns to financial stability and economic growth. His contributions to make Escondido a better city are greatly appreciated.”

 

Mr. Phillips began his career with the City of Escondido in January 1986 as Director of Finance.  In 1993 he was promoted to the position of Director of Financial and Administrative Services.  He was promoted to the position of Deputy City Manager in 1997 a position he held until 2003 when became City Manager.  Prior to working for the city of Escondido, Mr. Phillips was the Deputy Finance Officer for the City of Irvine from 1983 to 1986.  He also served as an Accountant for the City of Santa Ana from 1980 to 1983.

 

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Beware of Bogus Fire Inspections 

10/21/15 Categories: Fire Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Marlene Donner, Fire Marshall, 760-839-5404

The City of Escondido wants to make business owners aware of a recent scam regarding unsolicited fire inspections from individuals claiming to work for the fire department.  Businesses in other cities as well as the City of Escondido have been victimized by individuals claiming to work for the fire department to conduct inspections.  These individuals are dressed as fire department employees usually in a navy blue t-shirt with the word FIRE on the shirt.

The Escondido Fire Department does not use private companies to inspect businesses and fire department personnel always leave a copy of the annual inspection form, which will have Escondido Fire Department at the top of the form.

Legitimate fire inspections are conducted by either Fire Suppression personnel from the fire stations or fire prevention personnel from Fire Administration.  Escondido Fire Department personnel are always in an official fire department uniform with Escondido Fire Department badges, and carry a photo identification card.  If you have any reason to doubt that the inspector conducting the fire inspection is an official fire department employee please contact the Escondido Fire Prevention Bureau at 760-839-5400.

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Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library Real Estate: Rent or Buy/First Time Buyers 

10/20/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Neva Robinson, 760-839-4214

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library, in partnership with the San Diego Financial Literacy Center, will offer Real Estate: Rent or Buy/First Time Buyers, on November 17, 2015, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This free workshop is designed to help adults gain a more complete understanding of the real estate market—when it is advantageous to rent, or when buying is the best option.

First time home buyers will benefit from financial tips that will make the home-buying experience more understandable. Experts from the San Diego Financial Literacy Center, sdflc.org, will lead the workshop. The San Diego Financial Literacy Center’s mission is to educate and empower individuals and families to make sound financial decisions as they develop positive personal finance habits for life.

All Library programs are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.  For more information about this workshop and the Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library series, call 760-839-4839 or contact Adult Services Librarian Neva Robinson at nrobinson@escondido.org.

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2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter 

10/14/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Neva Robinson, 760-839-4214

 

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on November 10, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. 

Beautiful Ruins is award-winning author Jess Walter’s most romantic and enjoyable novel to date. A young Italian innkeeper is drawn into a glittering world filled with unforgettable characters through his almost love affair with a beautiful American starlet. This novel moves back and forth in time, telling the stories of five separate characters, while exploring the many ways in which one seemingly insignificant person can unwittingly impact the lives of many others.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will meet on December 8, 2015, to discuss Off Course by Michelle Huneven. The selection for January 12, 2016, is The Liar’s Wife by Mary Gordon.

All 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 the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.

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Temporary Lane Closures on Bear Valley Parkway 

10/13/15 Categories: City of Escondido

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     

DATE: October 13, 2015                                                                       

CONTACT: Lori Rountree, 760-839-6245

 

 

Temporary Lane Closures on Bear Valley Parkway

 

The City of Escondido will performing repairs to a water line located on Bear Valley Parkway. The number one northbound lane of Bear Valley Parkway and the southbound turn lane from Bear Valley Parkway onto Peet Lane will be closed until approximately 10 p.m. tonight. Please consider using an alternate route.

 

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Escondido Public Library Teen Book Club Discusses The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski 

10/12/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Cathy Janovitz, 760-839-4283

 

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Burritos & Book Club for teens, ages 13 to 18, meets on Saturday, November 7, 2015, in the Turrentine Room from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Winner’s Curse, by Marie Rutkoski, is the selected title. Copies of The Winner’s Curse are currently available for checkout at the Library’s Information Desk or can be reserved using the Library’s online catalog at library.escondido.org.

The Winner’s Curse is the first book in a fantasy series about seventeen-year-old Kestrel and a society consumed by slavery and class warfare. Kestrel’s father is a powerful Valorian general and she is beginning to understand and test the limits of being raised in a position of privilege. Arin enters Kestrel’s life when she purchases him as a slave at a local market in a moment of guilt, not realizing that he is a spy for rebels plotting to overthrow her father’s government. As feelings of trust and love begin to develop between them, an uprising turns Kestrel and Arin’s world upside down. They are torn between loyalty to their people and traditions and a love that can never be realized.

In addition to discussing The Winner’s Curse, teens can share their opinions and ideas about other books they have enjoyed and propose titles for the next Burritos & Book Club meeting. The selected book will be discussed at the next meeting on Saturday, January 16, 2016. Complimentary burritos will be provided and all participants receive a free book or audiobook at the end of the program.

This program is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Pubic Library and Taco Bell located at 1944 E. Valley Parkway 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.

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Council Approves Settlement Agreement with Stuck in the Rough 

10/07/15 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jeffrey Epp, 760-839-4608

The Escondido City Council has reached an agreement under which Stuck in the Rough (SITR) will dismiss its litigation pertaining to the former Escondido Country Club property.

Under the agreement, a prior court ruling which invalidated an Open Space Initiative for the property will remain in place and the City will not appeal that ruling.  SITR will withdraw its 2015 application for 270 homes, with fees to be either credited or reimbursed. While SITR retains ownership of the property, another developer will act as the lead representative on any future development application for the former Country Club property and to accept proposals for development from the surrounding community. SITR has presently identified three potential developers for the property. The City will process any application in accordance with CEQA, the Planning and Zoning Law, the Subdivision Map Act, and any other applicable laws.

Each side will bear their own costs and attorney fees.

 

A copy of the agreement will be placed online on Thursday, October 8 and can be found at:

https://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/Stuckintheroughsettlementagreement.pdf

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Escondido Public Library Celebrates Halloween Carnival & Día De Los Muertos 

10/07/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Cecy Rayphole, 760-839-4289

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library will host Halloween Carnival & Día de los Muertos, on Friday, October 30, 2015, from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This family-oriented celebration includes stations with “spook-tacular” crafts, face-painting, and sugar skull decorating. As a special feature, two Día de los Muertos storytimes will be held, one at 3:45 p.m., and the second at 4:30 p.m.

Halloween Carnival & Día de los Muertos is made possible by the generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Halloween Carnival & Dia de los Muertos is free and open to the public. Registration is not required, but early arrival is encouraged as space and supplies may be limited. To access books in the Library catalog, and for more information about this event and other Library programs, visit library.escondido.org or contact Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org.

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Queen Califia's Sculpture Garden Open this Saturday October 10 

10/05/15

CONTACT: Kristina Owens
PHONE: 760-839-4519

Join us for a special day as we celebrate Niki de Saint Phalle’s birthday and the 12th “birthday” of Queen Califia’s Magical Circle, on October 10, 2015, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public, with Queen Califia docents on site to answer questions. Free Mardi Gras beads will be given to the first 50 visitors. 

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. Complete restoration of the exhibit is underway and will continue for the next several months.

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