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Escondido's Water Use In April 

06/03/15 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Christopher McKinney, 760-839-4090

Escondido's water use figures for April 2013 were unfortunately misreported to the State Water Quality Control Board.  This error has led to further incorrect reports that Escondido's water use increased by 20% in April 2015 compared to April 2013. In actuality, Escondido’s water use decreased by 11%.

 

The correct figures are:

Water Use in April 2013 = 1,918 acre-feet

Water Use in April 2015 = 1,711 acre-feet

Water Use Percentage Change = 11% DECREASE

 

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Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

06/03/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Cecy Rayphole, 760-839-4271

 

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, June 27, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. The classic, Cumbres borrascosas/Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, is the selected title for June. Multiple copies of the book are available for check-out or can be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

Cumbres borrascosas/Wuthering Heights follows the life of the mysterious Heathcliff from childhood to his death in his late thirties. Heathcliff rises in stature within his adopted family and then is suddenly reduced to the status of a servant. He runs away when the young woman he loves decides to marry another. Heathcliff returns later, rich and educated, and sets about gaining revenge on the two families he believes ruined his life.

Cecy Rayphole, Rincón Literario’s facilitator, commented, “Book discussions bring people together to share their views, experience different perspectives and cultures, and to discover what they have in common. Rincón Literario is an excellent forum for this exchange and also provides a great opportunity to practice or improve reading or speaking in either English or Spanish in a comfortable, supportive setting.”

Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, July 25, 2015, to discuss the delightful Me llamo Bud, No Buddy/Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis.

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 the book 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 760-839-4271 or at crayphole@escondido.org.

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2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses Me Before You by Jojo Moyes 

05/12/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Neva Robinson, 760-839-4214

 

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s title is Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life with a steady boyfriend and a close knit family. She has never been farther afield than her tiny village. Then, Louisa takes a badly-needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe, Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel, but now he’s pretty sure he doesn’t want to continue living.  Though Will is acerbic, moody, and bossy, Louisa refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, Louisa sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on July 14, 2015, with Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro.  This selection coordinates with the 2015 Adult Summer Reading Club musical theme “Read to the Rhythm.” Join Escondido Public Library’s Adult Summer Reading Club, which runs from June 15—August 1, 2015. Sign up online at library.escondido.org/SRC or in the Library at the Information Desk. Summer reading programming includes special musical events and weekly prize drawings for Club participants.

All Library programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and 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, or the “Read to the Rhythm” 2015 Adult Summer Reading Club, visit library.escondido.org or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.

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Workshop on Draft Regional Transportation Plan 

05/11/15 Categories: City of Escondido

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

On Tuesday, May 12 2015, there will be a workshop from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Mitchell Room at Escondido City Hall to allow public comment on SANDAG’s Draft San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan. The Regional Plan combines the big-picture vision for how our region will grow over the next 35 years with an implementation program to help make that vision a reality. The workshop will provide more information on what the Draft Regional Plan will accomplish, and also will feature panel discussions with community members on transportation, environment, healthy communities and economic issues related to the Plan. The speakers will be

  • Carl Morgan, North County EDC
  • Dahvia Lynch, North County Transit District
  • Stan Miller,  Alliance for Regional Solutions

 

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New Assistant City Manager Appointed 

05/06/15 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido City Manager Clay Phillips announced today that Graham Mitchell, current City Manager of Lemon Grove, has been appointed as the Assistant City Manager. He is expected to begin his duties on July 1, 2015.

 

Mr. Mitchell has been the City Manager in Lemon Grove since 2003.  Prior to that he was City Manager for three years in Farmersville, CA.  He holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Brigham Young University.

 

In making this announcement today, City Manager Phillips noted, “Graham brings a proven track record of city management experience and a solid understanding of the issues facing the city and the region. He will be a great addition to our management team.”

 

Mr. Mitchell’s salary will be $203,000.

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Escondido Town Hall Meeting 

05/04/15 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, May 13, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway. Following a brief update by the Mayor, residents will be 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

 

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

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Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

05/04/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Cecy Rayphole, 760-839-4271

 

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, May 30, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Una y otra vez/Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, is the selected book for May. Participants discuss books bilingually, in English and Spanish. Multiple copies of the selected title are available and can be reserved in the Escondido Public Library catalog.

Una y otra vez/Life After Life is the captivating story of Ursula Todd, a woman who dies repeatedly in a variety of ways.  Ursula Todd first dies when she is just being born to Hugh and Sylvie Todd at their home in Fox Corner, England, on a bitterly cold, snowy night in February 1910.  However, Ursula’s death is not an ending but the beginning of a series of reincarnations and the chance to experience several different lives and destinies. 

Cecy Rayphole, Rincón Literario facilitator, commented, “Book discussions bring people together to share their views, but also to experience different perspectives and cultures, and to discover what they have in common. Rincón Literario is an excellent forum for this exchange and also provides a great opportunity to practice or improve reading or speaking in either English or Spanish in a comfortable setting.” Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, June 27, 2015, to discuss the classic, Cumbres borrascosas/Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte.

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 the book 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 760-839-4271 or at crayphole@escondido.org.

 

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Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library: Planning for College Expenses 

04/28/15 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 Planning for College Expenses, on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, from 6:00 to 7:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This free workshop is part of the series, Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library, and is geared to help parents and students become familiar with the ins-and-outs of paying for college and financial aid.

The program will offer tips on how to increase eligibility for free grants, where to find scholarship opportunities, how to help students reach for their dream school without financial compromise, and more. The San Diego Financial Literacy Center, sdflc.org, whose mission is to enhance the financial IQ of San Diego County residents will present the workshop.

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, contact 760-839-4839 or nrobinson@escondido.org.

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Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses A Snicker of Magic 

04/27/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Lalitha Nataraj, 760 839-4219

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, meets on Friday, May 29, 2015, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Natalie Lloyd’s A Snicker of Magic will be discussed, followed by a craft activity related to the book. Beginning May 1, 2015, a limited number of copies of A Snicker of Magic will be available for checkout at the Children’s Desk.

12-year-old Felicity Pickle has spent her life flitting from place to place with her nomadic mother, a woman cursed with a wandering heart. When they arrive in the town where Mama grew up, the tween feels right at home. Midnight Gulch once had magic coursing through its streets, a quirky place where people conjured up thunderstorms through song. Felicity also possesses a bit of her own magic—she’s a word collector who sees words shimmering and sparkling all around her.

With the help of the local townspeople, including Jonah, a mysterious, spikey-haired do-gooder, Felicity determines to bring magic back to Midnight Gulch. Fans of Ingrid Law’s Savvy and Louis Sachar’s Holes will treasure A Snicker of Magic, which is filled to the brim with folklore and legends, family secrets, and lots of heart.

Librarian Lalitha Nataraj said, “It’s been very gratifying to see young readers so captivated by the R.E.A.D. selections. Most importantly, R.E.A.D. fosters a social connection and friendships develop among the participating children.”

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Library programs are free and open to the public and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For information about the R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club, contact Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-4219 or at lnataraj@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for all ages can be found at library.escondido.org.

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ESCONDIDO TAKES STEPS TO PREVENT DROWNING ACCIDENTS 

04/22/15 Categories: City of Escondido

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     CONTACT: Micaela Doucette  

DATE: April 22, 2015                                                                   PHONE: 760-839-4530

ESCONDIDO TAKES STEPS TO PREVENT DROWNING ACCIDENTS

The City of Escondido recognizes the month of May as “Drowning Prevention Month” in accordance with the National Drowning Prevention Alliance. Nationwide and in Escondido, May begins the swimming pool season. The main goal of “Drowning Prevention Month” is to raise awareness of the importance of making children and families water safe. Drowning is a preventable act that serves as the leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of four.  In order to assure children are safe in and around water, the City’s Recreation Department provides the opportunity for children and adults to become water safe through over 260 Learn-to-Swim classes held at James A. Stone and Washington Park pools.  Classes are taught by Aquatics staff who meet the American Red Cross and State of California requirements for Aquatics professionals.

In addition to the Learn-to-Swim classes, Escondido Recreation hosts Open Swim for the public at both James Stone and Washington Park pools for just $3 per person. Escondido Recreation Aquatics staff encourages people of all ages to practice their swimming techniques, beat the heat, spend time with their families, and have fun at Escondido pools.

Open Swim hours for the 2015 summer:

James A. Stone Pool - 131 West Woodward Ave

Begins June 19 through August 16

Fridays 3-7 pm and Sundays 12-4 pm

 

Washington Park Pool - 501 North Rose Street

Begins June 20 through August 16

Mondays - Thursdays 1-3pm

Fridays 1-4pm

Saturdays 2-6pm

Sundays 12-4pm

 

For more information about Learn-to-Swim classes or Open Swim, please call 760-839-4691 or visit the Recreation Department website at: www.recreation.escondido.org

 

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