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Traffic Advisory 

08/18/15

SDG&E is doing gas line maintenance work on Via Rancho and Beethoven Drive near Westfield shopping center. To complete the work safely, traffic is limited to one lane at the intersection going westbound.  The contractor is not permitted to start work until after 8 a.m. when the rush hour/school traffic subsides. The work should be completed  by next Friday 8/28. For more information, contact SDG&E http://www.sdge.com/customer-service/contact-us

Agreement Results in Energy Production at Wastewater Plant 

08/14/15 Categories: City of Escondido

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The City of Escondido and Anaergia have entered into a Power Purchase Agreement which will enable Escondido’s wastewater treatment plant to turn waste biogas into renewable energy. Mayor Sam Abed will participate in a signing ceremony to be held on Monday, August 17, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at the offices of J.R. Filanc Construction Company, Inc., 740 N. Andreasen Drive, Escondido, CA.

Each day, the City of Escondido’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) treats about fifteen million gallons of wastewater generated by both Escondido and Rancho Bernardo. In addition to producing high quality clean effluent, HARRF generates a potentially valuable byproduct in the form of energy-rich biogas, which is currently flared. On July 8, 2015, the City Council approved a 20-year agreement which will allow Escondido Bioenergy Facility, LLC (A subsidiary of Anaergia) to construct and operate a cogeneration facility that will treat HARRF’s biogas and use it to fuel internal combustion engines that will power generators for electricity production.

Under the terms of the agreement the City has committed to purchase at least 8,146 MWh per year for $0.129 per kWh.  This amount represents approximately 75% of the plant’s current electricity use, and is projected to save the City about $10M over the life of the 20 year contract.  In addition, all heat from the energy plant will be provided to the treatment plant at no cost. The project will result in significant savings from not only the low and predictable electricity price it offers, but also since the treatment plant currently purchases natural gas from SDGE to heat the plant’s digesters which are maintained at a constant 98 degrees.

 

 

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Escondido Cool Zone Locations 

08/14/15 Categories: City of Escondido
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The City of Escondido reminds the public that three City facilities have been designated as Cool Zone sites.  These sites are air-conditioned settings where seniors and others can gather. The sites encourage people to share air conditioning during the heat of the day, lowering individual usage and helping to conserve energy for the whole community.

Escondido’s Cool Zone Sites are:

  • Park Avenue Community Center, 210 Park Avenue (760-839-4688)
  • Escondido Public Library, 239 Kalmia Street (760-839-4684)
  • East Valley Community Center 2245 East Valley Parkway (760-839-4382)

 

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2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón 

08/14/15 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 September 8, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. This book was specially selected by KPBS, and its partners, as the 2015 One Book, One San Diego community read title. Copies of the book are available for check-out in print or eBook format and can be reserved at library.escondido.org. For more information on One Book, One San Diego, and a list of community events surrounding the countywide reading of The Shadow of the Wind, go to www.kpbs.org/one-book.

Author Ruiz Zafón’s novel is an international bestseller, with over 15 million copies sold worldwide. The story takes place in Barcelona after the Spanish Civil War and centers on a young boy who sets out to protect a mysterious book with his life. It is a story about mystery, fantasy and love.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on October 13, 2015, with Life after Life by Kate Atkinson.  The selection for November 10, 2015, will be Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.

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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Escondido Awarded Two Grants 

08/14/15 Categories: City of Escondido

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

 

The City of Escondido has won two competitive grants totaling $1.6 million from the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to improve bike and pedestrian access to the Escondido Transit Center and the Escondido Creek Trail.

 

One of the grants is a $335,000 active transportation grant, which will help fund the installation of a pedestrian signal and pedestrian refuge across El Norte Parkway, including a decorative trail overhead signage structure. The other grant is a $1.27 million smart growth grant that will enable the city to build a pedestrian/bike bridge to connect the Escondido Transit Center with the Escondido Gateway shopping center on W. Valley Parkway, and construct bike lanes between Tulip and Quince streets.

 

The grants are made possible by the regional TransNet half-cent sales tax for transportation approved by voters countywide and administered by SANDAG.  For more information please visit: http://www.sandag.org/index.asp?newsid=876&fuseaction=news.detail

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Saturday Night Dances at Park Avenue Community Center 

08/10/15 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Karen Williams, 760 839-4046


Saturday Night Dances are held on the first Saturday of each month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Park Avenue Community Center, 210 E. Park Avenue.   Each month features a different live band, refreshments, and door prizes. Singles, couples, of all levels and varieties of dancers, are welcome to join fun each month.  Entry fee is only $4 per person.

On Saturday, September 5, slip into your dancing shoes and enjoy the ballroom ballads and oldies, but goodies with the Cradit Union. This popular band is great for swing, line dancing, two-step, cha-cha, and much more.

For questions or additional information, please call 760-839-4688.

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Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

08/06/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Cecy Rayphole 760-839-4289

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, August 29, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Bajo la misma estrella/The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, is the selected title for August. Multiple copies of the book are available for check out or can be reserved in the Library catalog.

Bajo la misma estrella/The Fault in Our Stars, is a best-selling novel and also a recent movie starring Shailene Woodley as Hazel Grace Lancaster. She is a young cancer patient trying to live a normal life while struggling with what it will be like for her parents after she dies. Hazel meets and falls in love with Augustus Waters, a participant in a support group. Their friendship develops as they courageously face their disease, while dealing with youthful aspirations and unexpected twists of fate.

Cecy Rayphole, Rincón Literario’s facilitator, commented, “Rincón Literatio brings readers together to share their views, experience different perspectives and discover what they have in common. Rincón Literario also provides a supportive setting where participants can practice or improve reading and speaking in either English or Spanish.”

Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, September 26, 2015, to discuss the delightful Esperanza renace/Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. To access books in the Library catalog, and for more information about future Rincón Literario selections 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 August 8 

08/03/15

For Immediate Release

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, August 8, from 9 a.m. to Noon. 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.

For photos and more information about the sculpture garden, visit https://www.escondido.org/queen-califias-magical-circle.aspx

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Rose Street Closure Extended A Day 

07/27/15 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

 

Due to the installation of new recycled water pipes, the City of Escondido advises motorists that Rose Street between Washington Avenue & Valley Parkway will be closed during construction.  A full closure of the street will be in effect Monday, July 27, 2015 through Thursday, July 30, 2015.  Detour signs will be posted. All work to be performed between (8:00AM to 4:00PM). No vehicles will be able to get through including emergency vehicles.  Washington Park users can still access the park’s parking lot from Washington Avenue. But Rose Street south of the Washington Park parking lot driveway to Valley Parkway will be closed in both directions during these days.

Persons with questions or comments may contact Mark Lewis, City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspector II, at 760-807-1121 or Wayne Papac, MBL Project Construction Manager at 619-247-7828

 

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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Temporary Closure of Rose Street 

07/22/15 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

 

Due to the installation of new recycled water pipes, the City of Escondido advises motorists that Rose Street between Washington Avenue & Valley Parkway will be closed during construction.  A partial road closure will begin today July 22, 2015 through Friday, July 24, 2015.  A full closure of the street will be in effect Monday, July 27, 2015 through Wednesday, July 29, 2015.  Detour signs will be posted. All work to be performed between (8:00AM to 4:00PM). No vehicles will be able to get through including emergency vehicles.

 

Persons with questions or comments may contact Mark Lewis, City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspector II, at 760-807-1121 or Wayne Papac, MBL Project Construction Manager at 619-247-7828

 

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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