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Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

01/08/14 Categories: Library

CONTACT: Paul Crouthamel, 760-839-4814

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, January 25th, from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the Library’s Board Room. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish.  Las uvas de la ira/The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck is the selected book for January.

First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s. It tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who were driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. A drama that is intensely human, yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, evolves out of their trials and tribulations.  This novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and examines the very nature of equality and justice in America.

Adult Services Librarian Paul Crouthamel states, “When you discuss a great book with others who have read it, you share your perspectives and learn how other people might interpret the story differently. Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner) discussions are a perfect way to learn about interesting books and converse in both languages.”

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In February, readers will discuss El prisionero del cielo / Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. 

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.

Annual Recruitment for City Boards & Commissions 



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         CONTACT: Diane Halverson, City Clerk

DATE: January 7, 2014                                                   PHONE: 760-839-4617


The City of Escondido is seeking volunteers to serve on a number of City Boards and Commissions. Interested citizens who would like to apply may file an application with the City Clerk’s Office no later than February 13, 2014.

Applications are being accepted for:

  • Building Advisory & Appeals Board
  • Community Services Commission
  • Historic Preservation Commission
  • Library Board of Trustees
  • Personnel Board of Review
  • Planning Commission
  • Public Art Commission
  • Transportation & Community Safety Commission


Volunteers serve for a four-year term, with the exception of the Library Board, which carries a three-year term.  Meeting times and subject matters are outlined in a Handbook available at the City Clerk’s Office or on the City’s website.  For further information concerning qualifications and an application form, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 201 North Broadway, Escondido, or call 760-839-4617.  You may access the website application form and handbook at http://www.escondido.org/boards-commissions.aspx


El Dorado Road Closure for Storm Drain Installation 



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                  CONTACT: Tim Hinds

DATE: January 7, 2014                                                            PHONE: (760) 839-6446 


El Dorado Road Closure for Storm Drain Installation 

Escondido, CA – El Dorado Drive between Encino and Bear Valley Parkway in Escondido will be closed beginning Monday, January 13, 2014 through Monday, January 20, 2014 for storm drain installation.

Traffic control and detour signage will be placed to assist motorists around the construction area. Motorists are advised to choose alternate routes and to avoid the area if possible during the scheduled construction.


Escondido Public Library Hosts R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club 

12/30/13 Categories: Library


CONTACT: Lalitha Nataraj, 760-839-5456

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library announces a new book club for kids in elementary school, called the Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club, designed for children, ages 9-12 years old. The first meeting will be on Friday, February 7, 2014, in the Library’s Turrentine Room from 3:00 – 4:00 PM. The program, hosted by Youth Services Librarian Lalitha Nataraj, will meet in February, April, and May, and offer riveting book discussions, tasty snacks, and crafts for attendees. The first discussion will be on Smile by award-winning cartoonist, Raina Telgemeier. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the Children’s Desk.

Telgemeier’s autobiographical graphic novel chronicles her intense experience with dental surgeries and orthodontics, as well as the complexities of adolescence. During a Girl Scout trip, sixth-grader Raina trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth. For the next five years, she undergoes numerous surgeries and wears braces on- and off-again in order to correct the damage. Her dental traumas magnify her teenage experiences, as she navigates romantic crushes, friendship drama, and a major earthquake. Regardless of whether they wear braces, readers will wholeheartedly relate to this touching coming-of-age story.

Nataraj noted that, “Book clubs provide a wonderful space for young readers to commune with others who share the same excitement about books. Vibrant discussions, book-themed crafts, and socializing with others are a perfect way to engage reluctant readers.” The next R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club meetings will be on April 4, and May 30, 2014, from 3-4 PM in the Turrentine Room, where readers will discuss Pickle by Kim Baker, and The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Library programs are free and open to the public and sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For information about the R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club, please contact Youth Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-5456 or at lnataraj@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for children can be found at library.escondido.org/kids.


Escondido Public Library Presents Cultural Program  

12/30/13 Categories: Library


CONTACT: Cindi Bouvier, 760-839-5456

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library invites children, ages 7-12, to attend Children Around the World, a new series of five programs designed to introduce children to other cultures and provide perspectives on our world and its interconnections. A different country will be presented each month. The meetings will be held in the Library’s Turrentine Room from 3:00 – 4:00 PM. The Children Around the World series includes the following countries and dates:

  • China – Friday, January 31, 2014
  • Ethiopia – Thursday, February 13, 2014
  • Ireland – Thursday, March 13, 2014
  • India – Thursday, April 10,  2014
  • Afghanistan – Thursday, May 15, 2014

Each program explores a specific culture and introduces aspects of its society through stories, books, history, crafts, foods, and language.

Cindi Bouvier, Youth Services Senior Librarian, will lead the sessions. She said, “Cultural programs reinforce the Library’s mission to enrich and educate readers by promoting awareness, satisfying curiosity, and encouraging reading through shared experiences and knowledge.”

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Registration is not required; however, early arrival is recommended.

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Please contact Youth Services Senior Librarian, Cindi Bouvier, for further information on this program at 760-839-5456 or at cbouvier@escondido.org. Children Around the World is sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Library. Other Children’s programs and events can be viewed on the Library’s monthly calendar at library.escondido.org/kids. 


Free Public Tours of City Hall 

12/24/13 Categories: City of Escondido


CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Free guided tours of Escondido City Hall are offered on a quarterly basis on the first Thursday of January, April, July, and October. The next tour will be held on January 2, 2014 and will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the City Hall lobby, 201 N. Broadway. The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes. No reservations are required.

Tours for school groups may be arranged by contacting the Community Services Department at 760-839-4691.

Completed in 1988, Escondido City Hall was the first phase of the Escondido Civic Center. The building was awarded the prestigious Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence in 1989. City Hall represents innovative, functional, state-of-the-art, cost-effective solutions to many specific City needs. City Hall was designed with an anticipation of the future, as well as an appreciation of the past, and is a superb example of how architecture can reflect the heart of the community and inspire civic pride.


2012 Campaign Mailer Settlement 

12/24/13 Categories: City of Escondido


CONTACT: Andrea Velasquez, 760-839-4608

In mid-2012, the City Council took action to present two ballot measures to the City’s voters on the November 6, 2012 municipal election ballot.  The two ballot measures were later designated as Propositions N and P, respectively.  Propostion N proposed various changes to the City’s General Plan.  Proposition P proposed the adoption of a city charter.

On October 17, 2012, Item 16A was added to the October 17, 2012 City Council meeting agenda.  Item 16A consisted of a request by the City Manager for the appropriation of up to $20,000 for “Educational and Information Publications on Upcoming City Ballot Measures.”  The accompanying staff report stated that the requested educational and information publications would be modeled on the material previously provided as a utility bill insert.  The City Council unanimously approved the expenditure for “Educational and Informational Publications” requested in Item 16A.

A resident and taxpayer of the city filed a lawsuit alleging that the mailer that was subsequently prepared and distributed to City residents exceed the scope of the communications authorized on October 17, 2012.  More specifically, the plaintiff alleges that the mailer was not merely “informational” and instead constituted “campaign activity” that could not lawfully be paid for with City funds.  The lawsuit alleges that the City and one or more City officers and/or employees violated constitutional and statutory law in connection with the mailer, including by failing to file various documents required by the Political Reform Act.

The City believes there is a possibility that a court might agree that state law was violated in connection with the preparation and distribution of the mailer, and that it is in the best interests of the City to enter into a settlement agreement to resolve the lawsuit.  Accordingly, the City has agreed to a settlement that acknowledges the possibility that contrary to the intent of the City Council, a court could ultimately determine that the mailer was campaign activity.  The has agreed to adopt rules and guidelines for the purpose of preventing City funds from being used in the future to pay for activities that could constitute campaign activity, and under the settlement, the City will satisfy any necessary disclosure obligations under the Political Reform Act.  Lastly, the City agrees to reimburse plaintiff for costs incurred in enforcing this important public interest.  The plaintiff has agreed to dismiss his lawsuit after the City takes these actions.



“Dine Out Escondido!” Launches in January with 24 Restaurants 



Contact: Katherine Zimmer, 760-839-4777

In conjunction with Visit California’s “California Restaurant Month” during the month of January, Escondido is introducing the first annual “Dine Out Escondido!” culinary tourism program promoting 24 local restaurants. The statewide program represents over 32 cities and has a robust marketing reach of over 70 million impressions through its website, social media, and advertising efforts.

The City’s Visit Escondido tourism office is spearheading “Dine Out Escondido!” with an tremendous first-time response of 24 restaurant participants. “I’m thrilled with the positive reaction from our very popular restaurants!” says Katherine Zimmer, tourism & marketing administrator for the city. “Each restaurant is providing something special for the month of January and we’re hopeful locals and visitors will dine out often.”

Everyone can savor the diverse culinary flavors of Escondido during the month of January by taking advantage of this opportunity to visit their favorite restaurants and experience many new ones. Enjoy a showcase of artisanal foods and the creativity of Escondido’s fantastic chefs and restaurateurs.  

For details of participating restaurants and their specials, go to www.VisitEscondido.com


Participating Restaurants:

Around town…           

Cocina Del Charro

Offbeat Brewing Company

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens

Canyon Grille Restaurant & Bar - Welk Resort

Vintana Wine + Dine

Westside Cafe



A Delight of France Bakery & Bistro

Bellamy’s Restaurant

California Avocado Grill

Cuscatlan Salvadorian Cuisine


Intertwined Bistro and Wine Bar

Jalapeño Grill & Cantina

Kettle Coffee & Tea

La Farfalla Café

La Tapatia Restaurant & Cantina

Mi Guadalajara

Plan 9 Alehouse

Swami’s Café

Taco Caliente

The Continental Deli

The Grand Tea Room


Vinz Wine Bar & Tasting Room


About California Restaurant Month

California Restaurant Month is a promotional initiative created by Visit California in 2011 designed to encourage post-holiday travel to the Golden State during the month of January and to continue to position the state as the top culinary destination in the country. Visitors can go to www.DineInCA.com to see which destinations are participating and for direct links to their local websites for offer details and participating restaurants.

-          California is the top destination in the U.S. for culinary travel, with visitors drawn to the rich and diverse wine, craft beer and food product.

-          California produces 90 percent of American wine and is one of the leading agricultural producers in the U.S.

-          California has more than 400 agricultural crops, attracting some of the greatest chefs who enjoy creating with the freshest ingredients.

-          Last year travelers in California spent $28.5 billion on food and beverages, more than for any other spending segment and constituting 27 percent of all visitor spending last year (Source: Dean Runyan Associates).


About Visit Escondido

Visit Escondido promotes Escondido’s great variety of attractions, events, and things to do in the “Hidden Valley” of San Diego’s North County Inland area. Escondido is home to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park; and also Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, the California Center for the Arts, and renowned events such as Cruisin’ Grand, as well as beautiful wineries, craft breweries, unique arts & theatre, culinary experiences, and a trend-forward historical downtown. Additionally, there are many outdoor activities to take advantage of in the beautiful year-round climate including golf, hiking, biking, fishing, equestrian and sporting events. Go to www.VisitCalifornia.com for a complete event calendar, dining, lodging, arts and attractions information, or call 760-839-4777. The Visitors Information Center is located at 235 East Grand Avenue and is open Tue-Fri, 10am – 4pm.


For a the complete list of participating “Dine Out Escondido!” restaurants and specials, please go to www.VisitEscondido.com




Escondido Public Library's 2nd Tuesday Book Club to Discuss The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey 

12/19/13 Categories: Library

CONTACT: Neva Robinson, 

Escondido, CA -- Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Board Room.  This month’s selection is The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey.

Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard, recuperating from a broken leg, becomes fascinated with a contemporary portrait of Richard III that bears no resemblance to the Wicked Uncle of history.  Could such a sensitive, noble face actually belong to one of the world's most heinous villains—a venomous hunchback who may have killed his brother's children to make his crown secure?  Or could Richard have been the victim, turned into a monster by the usurpers of England's throne?  Grant determines to find out once and for all, with the help of the British Museum and an American scholar, what kind of man Richard Plantagenet really was and who killed the Little Princes in the Tower.  

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on February 11, 2014, with a discussion on The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier.  The selection for March 11, 2014, will be The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of Escondido Public Library. 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 the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit library.escondido.org or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.


Kick Start a Healthy New Year with Escondido Recreation  


Kick Start a Healthy New Year with Escondido Recreation                                                                                        

The City of Escondido’s Recreation Department is offering an exciting lineup of classes specifically developed to “Kick Start a Healthy New 2014.”A variety of new and affordable classes have been added to the winter schedule for all ages to learn quick and easy ways to sustain healthy habits. Most classes begin the week on January 6, 2014 and will be held at different City facilities.

“The Recreation Department is here to inspire optimal health for our community by offering classes such as Healthy Resolutions in 2014, Jazz-Contemporary Dance, and Creative Play and Movement,” said Kimi Severson, Recreation Coordinator. “Fitness classes such as Boot Camp for Zoomers, Pilates Barre Fusion, and Zumba will start the heart pumping while Intro to Archery, Tae Kwon Do, and Quilt as You Go classes are designed to encourage friends and families to spend quality time together while learning new skills! Other classes such as Move Your Way out of Pain will teach gentle, direct movement to improve function and increase physical comfort, while POUND: Rockout Workout™ combines cardio, strength training, and Pilates.”

For a full review of these classes and more, the winter recreation brochure can be viewed online at www.recreation.escondido.org. Preregister by mail, fax, phone, walk-in, or online at http://activenet.active.com/escondido. Walk-in registration is accepted at City Hall, located at 201 North Broadway, or at the East Valley Community Center, 2245 E. Valley Parkway. For more information, call 760-839-4691 or e-mail recreation@escondido.org


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