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Independent District Commission - Public Information Meeting 

06/11/13

CONTACT: Diane Halverson, City Clerk; PHONE: (760) 839-4617

The City of Escondido will be holding a public information meeting to provide information regarding the Independent Districting Commission application process.  The meeting will be held on Thursday, June 20 at 4 p.m. in the Mitchell Room, 201 N. Broadway, Escondido.  All interested individuals are invited to attend.

Applications are being accepted for appointment to the Independent Districting Commission in the City Clerk’s Office, 201 N. Broadway, Escondido, during office hours (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) through Friday, June 28, 2013.  The application is available online at http://www.escondido.org/  or by request to the City Clerk at cityclerk@escondido.org. To verify eligibility, fingerprinting should be completed by applicants by June 28, 2013. An explanation of the fingerprinting process will be provided to applicants after the application is submitted.  You may also call (760) 839-4617 should you have any questions. 

The term of the Commission will begin September 1, 2013.

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Preliminary Operating Budget Available for Review 

06/06/13

CONTACT: Gil Rojas, Director of Finance (760) 839-4322

At the June 12, 2013 Escondido City Council meeting, a two year budget will be presented and Council will consider adoption of the fiscal year 2013/14 Operating Budget. A copy of the FY 2013/14 and 2014/15 preliminary annual operating budget is available on the City’s Web site at http://www.escondido.org/annual-operating-budget.aspx. Additionally, a hard copy is available to view in the City Clerk’s Office at Escondido City Hall located at 201 North Broadway.

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Park Avenue Saturday Night Dance in Escondido 

05/23/13 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Mary Rodelo, 760-839-4678

Slip into your dancing shoes and come on down to the Park Avenue Community Center for a fun night of live music, dancing, refreshments, and door prizes.  Join us on Saturday, June 1st for this special dance event featuring the live music of The Calico Ridge Band.  This highly acclaimed band which includes Charly & Calico Ridge is an award winning variety dance band that plays a mix of Rock, Pop, Swing, Oldies, Disco, R&B, Blues, Latin, Country and original music.  This band is great for swing, line dancing, two-step, cha-cha, and much more.

Singles and couples are invited to these exciting monthly Saturday Night Dances. Entry fee is only $4 per person which includes live music, refreshments, and door prizes. The City of Escondido’s Park Avenue Community Center is located at 210 Park Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025.  These dances are always held on the first Saturday of each month from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

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

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Nominations for Independent Districting Commission 

05/15/13 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Diane Halverson, 760-839-4617 

The City of Escondido will be accepting nominations for appointment to the Independent Districting Commission as required under the Voting Districts Settlement Agreement. Applications will be accepted in the City Clerk’s Office, 201 N. Broadway, Escondido, during office hours from Monday, June 3, 2013 through Friday, June 28, 2013. The term of the Commission will begin September 1, 2013.

Interested applicants and individuals or organizations desiring to nominate persons for appointment to the Commission must submit an application.  The application is available online at www.escondido.org/  or by request to the City Clerk at cityclerk@escondido.org.  You may also call 760-839-4617 should you have any questions. 

Under the settlement, Escondido will be divided into four districts with each district to be represented by a Council member living within that district.  The Mayor will continue to represent the entire City. The districts will be determined by a Districting Commission consisting of 7 members.  The members will be chosen by a selection panel of retired San Diego County judges.   After the District boundaries are drawn, they will be submitted to the City Council for final approval.  Districts may be re-drawn every 10 years if required by changes in the population as reflected in the census.   

 

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Escondido Receives Award from San Diego Taxpayers Association 

05/11/13 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

On May 9, 2013, the San Diego Taxpayers Association (SDTA) presented the Metro Golden Watchdog Award to the City of Escondido for reforming Paramedic Services.

According to SDTA, “In 2008 the City of Escondido opened its newest fire station but could not afford to fully staff it due to the economic downturn. Nearly five years later, the city is now moving forward with hiring the staff necessary to fully operate its newest fire station, but not in the traditional sense. Fire department officials spent time reviewing 20 years worth of emergency calls to determine the true needs of the city. Officials determined that rather than cross-training paramedics as firefighters, new staff would primarily focus on medical emergencies. This new model of providing emergency services to Escondido residents will save over $2 million compared to the city electing to operate under the norm.  It’s out-of-the-box thinking like this that we hope catches on with other cities across the county.”

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AMGEN Riders to Watch 

05/09/13 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LOS ANGELES (May 8, 2013) – When the world’s most elite cyclists take the start line at the 2013 Amgen Tour of California professional road race in Escondido May 12, fans will spot some of the most notable professional cyclists from around the world. From veterans with multiple world titles under their belts to the leaders of the next generation of American cyclists, the peloton will be packed with fan favorites and a lot of talent.   

 “For the past eight years, the Amgen Tour of California has consistently drawn the top teams and competitors to race in California, the caliber of which hasn’t been seen in America in decades,” said Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the race and senior vice president of AEG Sports. “We’re proud to have created an event that not only showcases the best in the world, but also gives young U.S. athletes a world stage on which to compete and grow to become the next cycling superstars.” 

Over the past seven years, the race has become the largest cycling event in America, and is now one of the top races in the world. Whether competing for the overall title, or vying to shake things up on the course for a stage win, some of the most exciting moments of racing are expected from:

 General Classification (Overall Contenders)

  • ·         Tejay van Garderen (USA), BMC Racing Team
  • ·         David Zabriskie (USA), Team Garmin-Sharp
  • ·         Michael Rogers (AUS), Team Saxo-Tinkoff
  • ·         Sylvain Chavanel (FRA), Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
  • ·         Andy Schleck (LUX), RadioShack Leopard Trek
  • ·         Timmy Duggan (USA), Team Saxo-Tinkoff
  • ·         Thomas De Gendt (BEL), Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
  • ·         Francisco Mancebo (ESP), 5-Hour ENERGY presented by

Climbers

  • ·         Andy Schleck (LUX), RadioShack Leopard Trek
  • ·         Markel Irizar Aranburu (ESP), RadioShack Leopard Trek
  • ·         Tejay van Garderen (USA), BMC Racing Team
  • ·         Amael Moinard (FRA), BMC Racing Team
  • ·         Timmy Duggan (USA), Team Saxo-Tinkoff
  • ·         Francisco Mancebo (ESP), 5-Hour ENERGY presented by Kenda Racing Team
  • ·         Mathias Frank (SUI), BMC Racing Team
  • ·         Chris Butler (USA), Champion System Pro Cycling Team
  • ·         Haimar Zubeldia (ESP), RADIOSHACK LEOPARD TREK

 

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Sprinters

  • ·         Peter Sagan (SVK), Cannondale Pro Cycling
  • ·         Tyler Farrar (USA), Team Garmin-Sharp
  • ·         Thor Hushovd (NOR), BMC Racing Team
  • ·         Cameron Meyer (AUS) ORICA GreenEDGE
  • ·         Baden Cooke (AUS) ORICA GreenEDGE
  • ·         J.J. Haedo (ARG), Team Jamis-Hagens Berman
  • ·         Jacobe Keough (USA), UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
  • ·         Frank Pipp (USA), BISSELL Pro Cycling
  • ·         Lawson Craddock (USA), Bontrager Cycling Team
  • ·         Lieuwe Westra (NED), Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
  • ·         Boy van Poppel (NED), Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team

Stage Wins (One-Day Strongmen)

  • ·         Peter Sagan (SVK), Cannondale Pro Cycling
  • ·         Jens Voigt (GER), RadioShack Leopard Trek
  • ·         Cameron Meyer (AUS), ORICA GreenEDGE
  • ·         Johan Van Summeren (BEL), Team Garmin-Sharp
  • ·         Philippe Gilbert (BEL), BMC Racing Team
  • ·         Brent Bookwalter (USA), BMC Racing Team
  • ·         Brian Vandborg (DEN), Cannondale Pro Cycling
  • ·         Juan Antonio Flecha (ESP), Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team

Time Trialists

  • ·         Jens Voigt (GER), RadioShack Leopard Trek
  • ·         David Zabriskie (USA), Team Garmin-Sharp
  • ·         Bert Grabsch (GER), Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
  • ·         Tejay van Garderen (USA), BMC Racing Team
  • ·         Brent Bookwalter (USA), BMC Racing Team
  • ·         Cameron Meyer (AUS), ORICA GreenEDGE
  • ·         Jeremy Vennell (NZL), BISSELL Pro Cycling
  • ·         Tom Zirbel (USA), Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies
  • ·         Sylvain Chavanel (FRA), Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
  • ·         Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA), Team Jamis-Hagens Berman
  • ·         Marco Pinotti (ITA), BMC Racing Team

Some other “riders to watch” include the healing heroes taking part in two Amgen Tour of California Ride 2 Recovery (R2R) Honor Rides in Escondido and Santa Rosa on race day to support R2R’s mental and physical rehabilitation programs that feature cycling as the core activity. And, there are plenty of ways to take in the pro action, whether in person on the race course May 12 – 19, via daily broadcasts on NBC Sports Network and NBC, or by downloading the free Tour Tracker app, which features live race updates, rider background and full race results. More information on all of the ways to watch is available at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

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About the Amgen Tour of California

The largest cycling event in America, the 2013 Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race, created and presented by AEG, that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course that stretches across nearly 750 miles of scenic California roadways, highways and coastlines from May 12-19, 2013. For more information about the race, please visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com

About Amgen

Amgen discovers, develops, manufactures and delivers innovative human therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first companies to realize the new science’s promise by bringing safe and effective medicines from lab, to manufacturing plant, to patient. Amgen therapeutics have changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the world in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, bone disease and other serious illnesses. With a deep and broad pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve people’s lives. To learn more about Amgen’s pioneering science and vital medicines, visit www.amgen.com. Follow Amgen on www.twitter.com/amgen.

About Ride 2 Recovery (R2R)

The mission of Ride 2 Recovery is to improve the health and wellness of healing heroes through mental and physical rehabilitation programs that feature cycling as the core activity. In 2013, R2R is partnering with the Amgen Tour of California, featuring three ATOC Honor Rides to help raise funds. Palmdale, Escondido and Santa Rosa are the host cities, where cyclists ride parts of the professional cycling course, cross the actual finish line in Escondido on May 12 and Santa Rosa on May 19, and importantly, ride alongside healing heroes on a non-competitive, fun ride. For more information, visit www.ride2recovery.com.

About AEG

AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Anschutz Company, owns or controls a collection of companies including facilities such as STAPLES Center, The Home Depot Center, Sprint Center, The O2, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and Best Buy Theater Times Square; sports franchises including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), two Major League Soccer franchises, two hockey franchises operated in Europe, management of privately held shares of the Los Angeles Lakers, the Bay to Breakers foot race and the Amgen Tour of California cycling road race; AEG Live, the organization’s live-entertainment division, is a collection of companies dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance, touring and a variety of programming and multi-media production. For more information, visit AEG today at www.aegworldwide.com.

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Media Contact:  Eileen Tanner, GolinHarris, 213-438-8888, etanner@golinharris.com                    

       

Street and Parking Lot Closures for the Amgen Tour of California 

05/08/13

On Sunday, May 12, 2013, Escondido will host Stage 1 of the Amgen Tour of California cycling race. Please be advised of the following street and parking lot closures:

DOWNTOWN ESCONDIDO

The following streets and parking lots will be closed from 6 a.m. Saturday, May 11 to Midnight Sunday, May 12:

  • Grand Avenue between Escondido Boulevard and Ivy Street
  • Maple Street between Valley Parkway and Second Avenue (including Maple Street Plaza)
  • Municipal parking lot #1 on Valley Parkway between Broadway and Maple Street
  • Broadway between Grand Avenue and the south side of Valley Parkway

The following streets and parking lots will be closed from 6 a.m. to Midnight on Sunday, May 12:

  • Broadway between Woodward Avenue and the north side of Valley Parkway
  • Municipal parking lot #2 on the corner of Maple Street and 2nd Avenue
  • Municipal parking lot #4 at the corner of Kalmia Street and 2nd Avenue

ROLLING (TEMPORARY) RACE DAY CLOSURES

Streets on the race route will temporarily close on Sunday, May 12 as the riders move through the city. These “rolling” closures will last approximately 45 minutes in length. The route through Escondido includes the following:

Race starts at Grand and Broadway at 11:15 a.m. and heads east on Grand, south on Juniper

  • Juniper Street between Grand and El Dorado 
  • El Dorado between Juniper and Bear Valley Parkway
  • Bear Valley Parkway from El Dorado south to San Pasqual Road

Riders reentering Escondido city limits at approximately 3 p.m.

  • Valley Center Grade (north and south)
  • Lake Wohlford Road to East Valley Parkway
  • East Valley Parkway between Lake Wohlford Road to El Norte Parkway
  • El Norte Parkway between East Valley Parkway and Escondido Boulevard
  • Escondido Boulevard between El Norte Parkway and Grand Avenue (Note: Valley Parkway between Hickory and Escondido Boulevard will also close temporarily)

More information, including schedule of race-related events and route map is available at www.Amgen2013Escondido.com

 

Best Viewing Locations For Overall Start of 2013 Amgen Tour of California 

05/07/13

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The eighth annual Amgen Tour of California will kick off eight days of world class racing in Escondido May 12, and you don’t want to miss the opportunity to see 128 of the world’s most popular and elite cyclists competing for the first stage win. Looking for the best spots to up close and personal?  Then consider the following locations:

  • Downtown Escondido - It doesn’t get any better than Grand Avenue and Broadway where the start and finish will take place. If you want to get a look at the riders and their bikes, or snag a photo or autograph, this is the place. Most of the riders will start warming up an hour or more before the start and you can often times catch them riding around some of the local streets in small groups or individually. The race sign-in area is also another good place to get a good look at the riders.  Also, check out the Lifestyle Festival, which will host entertainment, food and refreshments, big-screen race viewing, vendors and more from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Ramona (Main St.) - First Sprint of the Tour!
  • Dudley's Bakery - Long straight away coming to you as they turn on to 76 Hwy. 
  • Mesa Grande Climb – Three-quarters of the way up you will be able to see racers in the valley and then coming up the grade.  First King of the Mountain point.
  • East Grade Ascent- Scenic spots along the way up are great.  At the top, the second King of the Mountain points.
  • Cole Grade Road Ascent - Best climbing spot, last categorized climb, exhausted cyclist, 6.9% grade average.
  • Lake Wohlford Road Descent - Speeding down at 45 to 50 mph.
  • Finish Line - Everyone wants to see the finish but it will be very crowded (10-12 people deep). If that’s what you want to see, then get there early, stake out your turf, and stay there. Escondido Boulevard also is a good place. It’s long, wide, and flat, so you can see the riders coming from a long way off and watch them as they pass. The closer you are to the turn onto Grand Avenue, the more exciting it will be. It will also be more crowded in that area (3-4 people deep).

If you choose to view the race from locations outside of Escondido, plan to get there early. If you decide to watch the race from the top of East Grade Road at the top of Palomar Mountain or the top of Cole Grade Road in Valley, keep in mind you likely will not be able to get from either of these locations back into Escondido for the finish.

About the Amgen Tour of California

The largest cycling event in America, the 2013 Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race, created and presented by AEG, that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course from May 12-19, 2013. For more information about the men’s and women’s races, please visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com

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Amgen Tour of California Race Day Activities 

05/07/13

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Race day events for the AMGEN Tour of California on May 12 start at 9:30 a.m. in downtown Escondido. You can experience the opening ceremonies and the official start of the race at 11 a.m. then stay downtown for events, watch the race on jumbo screens and be there for the exciting finish at approximately 3:30 p.m.  Here are some of the events scheduled for race day:

Honor Ride

The Amgen Tour of California has teamed up with Ride 2 Recovery to raise money for veterans through Honor Ride events in three of this year's host cities. Ride 2 Recovery's mission is to improve the health and wellness of healing heroes through mental and physical rehabilitation programs that feature cycling as the core activity. The funds raised through the Honor Ride Series support outdoor cycling programs and Spinning Recovery Labs at Military and VA locations around the country, as well as local rides for healing heroes.

Participation is open to all ages, including veterans and the general public. For more information visit: http://www.active.com/cycling/escondidobr-ca/amgen-tour-of-california-honor-ride-escondido-2013

Good Morning AMGEN!

Ready for an epic day? Get your blood pumping in Grape Day Park with a FREE Crossfit session! Sponsored by Crossfit Xystum.

Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Grape Day Park

Kid’s Zone

Enjoy FREE fun for the entire family! The kid’s zone will be full of exciting, hands-on events for all ages. This special area is generously sponsored by Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap.

Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Location: San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum

Food Truck Village

All that pedaling making you hungry? Stop by the Food Truck Village organized by T1O Events for a quick bite. Featuring all of your favorites and some new truck faces! Check back for a complete list of participating trucks!

Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Location: On Broadway, between Woodward & Valley Parkway

Escondido Street Eats

Race-side outdoor dining area offering breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack and beverage selections, plus souvenir photo booth, outdoor gear, bikes, and even Mother’s Day gift retailers.

Time: 8 am – 5 pm
Location: 220-260 W. Grand Ave, NE corner of Escondido Blvd and Grand.

Jam in the Park

Find a spot and relax in Grape Day Park! The Amgen Jam will feature two live bands:

Dead Feather Moon is a San Diego-based band whose distinguished sound combines Rock with Alt-Country and Psychedelic Blues. Their heartfelt performances and rapidly growing fan base have established them as one of San Diego’s most sought-after musical acts. The band won “Best Alternative Album" at the 2012 San Diego Music Awards in August 2012. Their performance will be at 11:30 a.m.

Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra are renowned for their highly energetic shows and have received rave reviews for their live performances including Mammoth Jazz Festival, Ocean Beach Jazz Festival, La Jolla By the Sea Concerts, KSDS Jazz Radio 88.3 and many others. Her band plays a wonderful combination of swing, blues, New Orleans and boogie-woogie styles. Their performance is at 1:30 p.m.

Two Life Style Festivals

The AMGEN Tour of California Lifestyle Festival will take place in the newly constructed Maple Street Pedestrian Plaza, Municipal Lot #1 and Broadway between Grand and Valley from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  A Local Festival will also be on Maple Street, between Second and Grand Avenue.  The festivals will feature:

  • Over forty (40) participants and interactive mobile displays
  • Health & Fitness – Cancer support and awareness, health and physical screenings, educational activities and more
  • Cycling Center - Bicycle safety, free bike valet, bicycling manufacturers and vendors featuring cycling gear, gadgets and apparel  
  • Race Central Pavilion - Race merchandise, commemorative programs and sweepstakes promotions

Mother's Day Home Tour

Enjoy this lovely opportunity to celebrate Mother's Day in a most charming and memorable way by touring several historic homes in the Old Escondido Historic District and enjoying lovely refreshments in a garden.

Time: Noon–5:00 p.m.
Location: Old Escondido Historic District

For more information, go to www.oldescondido.org.

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Don't Miss the Amgen Tour of California Pre-Race Activities 

05/07/13

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

A variety of activities are scheduled in anticipation of the May 12th Overall Start of the AMGEN Tour of California in Escondido, cycling’s most prestigious race in North America.

Cruisin’ Grand in Downtown Escondido

One of the greatest ongoing traditions in San Diego County, this free, family-friendly event features hundreds of 1973 and earlier American-made hot rods, customs, cruisers and more.

When: Friday, May 10, 2013, 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Location: Grand Avenue in Downtown Escondido

For more information go to cruisingrand.com.

Team Presentation Gala - Escondido Out Front

Kick off the Amgen Tour of California in style at the opening gala. The gala features the official presentation of the teams, wine tasting, entertainment and a silent auction. This is a must attend event!

Date: Friday, May 10, 2013, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Concert Hall, California Center for the Arts, Escondido
Cost: $125 per person; includes wine tasting, dinner, and VIP entrance to the Kick-off party

Amgen Kick-Off Party

Celebrate the beginning of an epic weekend in Escondido. For $20 you will enjoy DJ Captain Morgan spinning the latest hits, one complementary drink, delicious snacks and get pumped for the race with our community!

When: Friday, May 10, 2013, 8:00 p.m.–Midnight
Location: Concert Hall, California Center for the Arts, Escondido
Cost: $20 at the door (Cash or Credit Accepted)

L’Etape du California

L’Etape du California challenges riders of all abilities to complete a stage of the 2013 Amgen Tour of California. This ride provides amateur cyclists quite a unique experience, challenging participants to ride the overall start and Stage 1: the “Escondido out and back course.” The courses will be long and difficult but fully supported with fluids and nutrition. While many riders will be satisfied by merely finishing the route, others will be able to compete for the title of King and Queen of the Mountain on the timed climbs of the route.

When: Saturday, May 11, 2013

For more information, go to letapeducalifornia.com.

Escondido Bike Safety Rodeo

When: Saturday, May 11, 2013, 8:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Cost: Free

Join us in celebrating the return of the Amgen Tour of California as well as bike month by participating in this FREE children's bike safety rodeo. The US Army and Bike Bling have volunteered to ensure that our local youth have the proper equipment as well as the skills needed to ride safely. Kids from ages 5-12 are invited to participate in fun skills exercises, courses, and games. To take part in this event please be sure each child brings his or her own bike and helmet to 1315 East Valley Parkway (East Valley Parkway & Harding Street).

For more information, visit: www.amgen2013escondido.com

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