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Graham Mitchell Named as Next City Manager for Escondido 

10/29/15 Categories: City of Escondido

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621


The Escondido City Council has selected Assistant City Manager Graham Mitchell to replace Clay Phillips as City Manager upon Clay’s retirement on December 18, 2015.

In making the announcement today, Mayor Abed expressed confidence in Mr. Mitchell’s abilities, saying, “Graham has a proven track record of city management experience and a solid understanding of the issues facing the city and the region.  I am confident he will serve Escondido well.”

Mr. Mitchell has been the Assistant City Manager in Escondido since June 2015.  He previously was City Manager in Lemon Grove for twelve years.  Prior to that he was City Manager for three years in Farmersville, CA.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Brigham Young University.

The details of Mr. Mitchell’s compensation have not yet been finalized.




Fire Dept to Host Multi-Agency Training 


CONTACT: Mike Bertrand, Battalion Chief. 760-520-5376

The Escondido Fire Department will be hosting a multi-agency training event at the vacant Palomar/Pomerado Healthcare building located at 343 E Second Avenue in Escondido.  The training will take place on October 26, 27 and 28, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Approximately 10 fire engines and truck companies along with Chief Officers will participate in the training exercises that focus on entrapped firefighter rescue tactics and command/control procedures when firefighters are injured or trapped during a fire.  This training will provide a realistic experience using a vacant building, theatrical smoke and fire equipment.

Palomar/Pomerado Healthcare's commitment to the safety of our community and first responders by offering the use of their facility is greatly appreciated.

Participating agencies include firefighters from Escondido, San Marcos, Carlsbad, Vista, Oceanside, Valley Center, Camp Pendleton, Deer Springs, Pala, Rincon, North County, San Pasqual and Cal Fire.


Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents the Gilbert Castellanos Trio 

10/26/15 Categories: Library


CONTACT: David Frazee, 760-839-4839


Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series presents the fiery Latin jazz of the Gilbert Castellanos Trio on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room.

Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos leads the trio of notable and accomplished musicians. He has won San Diego Music Awards (SDMAs) for Best Jazz three years in a row and has performed with such stars as Charles McPherson, Dizzy Gillespie, George Benson, Diana Krall, Al Jarreau, Wynton Marsalis, and Dr. John. Emmy-winning pianist and composer Irving Flores has performed with Abraham Laboriel, Alex AcunaAlex Acuña, and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Percussionist Tommy Aros has performed with Freddie Hubbard, Charo, and is a member of the popular band Fattburger.

On December, 12, 2015, celebrate the holidays with the 2nd Saturday Concert Series presentation of Courtly Noyse at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Courtly Noyse features Renaissance music and instruments, and lively stories.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series is sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA  92025.  For more information, call (760) 839-4839 or visit Escondido Public Library online at library.escondido.org.



Winter Weather/Disaster Readiness Workshop 

10/23/15 Categories: Fire Department


Contact: Jeff Murdock, 760-839-5406


A Disaster Readiness/Winter Weather Workshop will be held on Wednesday, October 28th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Community Room at the Police and Fire Headquarters, 1163 N. Centre City Parkway.

The workshop will provide valuable information related to water issues and emergency preparedness.  Greg Thomas of the Rincon del Diablo Water District will give an update on the drought. Alex Tardy from the National Weather Service will provide an update regarding El Nino and Winter storms.  Alicia Appel from the City of Escondido Utilities Department will speak about erosion protection, proper clearing of drainage structures and storm preparation. Jeff Murdock, from the Fire Department will discuss emergency preparedness, evacuations, and information resources.

This event is free but seating is limited.  To reserve your seat, please call 760-745-5522.  The workshop is co-sponsored by the City of Escondido’ Fire Department and Utilities Department, Rincon del Diablo Water District, and the National Weather Service.

Additional information about preparing for El Nino is available on the City’s website at https://www.escondido.org/El-Nino-Preparations.aspx.


Temporary Closure of Bike Path btw. Broadway and Hickory 

10/22/15 Categories: City of Escondido


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.


Escondido City Manager Announces Retirement  

10/21/15 Categories: City of Escondido


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.



Beware of Bogus Fire Inspections 

10/21/15 Categories: Fire Department


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.


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

10/20/15 Categories: Library


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.


2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter 

10/14/15 Categories: Library


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.


Temporary Lane Closures on Bear Valley Parkway 

10/13/15 Categories: City of Escondido



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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