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Escondido to Host 2013 AMGEN Tour of California Charity Gala 

03/26/13 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The City of Escondido and AEG will host the Official 2013 Amgen Tour of California Team Presentation and Gala on Friday, May 10, 2013, at Escondido’s California Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

Titled “Escondido Out Front,” the evening will showcase the best of local entertainment, attractions and cuisine, and serve to introduce the teams and riders who will race in the eighth annual Amgen Tour of California, which begins in Escondido May 12. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer™ initiative — a complementary component to Amgen’s race sponsorship that celebrates cancer survivors and raises awareness about the free support services available to people affected by cancer.

      The Amgen Tour of California is the nation’s most prestigious professional cycling stage race. This year’s edition will feature 16 teams competing through nearly 750 miles of California’s most iconic roads, bridges and towns, with 12 cities hosting race starts and finishes from May 12-19. The race will run south to north for the first time this year, with the overall start beginning at 11:15 a.m. in Escondido.

The gala provides the Escondido community and southern California cycling enthusiasts the unique opportunity to meet and mingle with the world-class cyclists competing in the race. The racers are the world’s elite, from the ranks of Olympians, world champions, national champions and Tour de France contenders.

“The official Gala and Team Presentation has become one of the great traditions of the Amgen Tour of California. It’s not only a special event for the fans that are lucky enough to attend, but it’s also an evening that is memorable for the athletes as well,” said Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the race and senior vice president of AEG Sports. “It’s the first time competitors formally come face to face, as well as meet the race fans, and the riders begin to get amped up for the race ahead. It’s a highlight of the race experience for any cycling fan, not to mention the riders themselves.”

The evening will include a local wine tasting reception with the opportunity to meet some very special “guests” from the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park, the chance to bid on one-of-a-kind items in a silent auction, a seated dinner featuring local cuisine and perfectly paired wines, capped off by the official team presentation.

“This is the first gala event of this magnitude to take place on the Concert Hall Stage,” said Jennifer Nichols, gala chair. “The California Center for the Arts, Escondido is thrilled to be hosting the kickoff event for the Overall Start in Escondido.”

The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the California Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Tickets are $125 with a 10 percent discount on purchases of three or more. Table sponsorships are available for $1,500. For tickets and information, contact Jennifer Nichols, Gala Chair jnichols@escondido.org. For additional information on weekend events leading to the Amgen Tour of California start in Escondido or to purchase a ticket, visit www.amgen2013escondido.com.

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

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 our pioneering science and our vital medicines, visit www.amgen.com. Follow us on www.twitter.com/amgen.

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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Pro Cyclist Timmy Duggan to do Meet and Greet at Bike Bling 

03/22/13

For Immediate Release; Contact: Michelle Geller (760) 213-9561
Pro cyclist Timmy Duggan will be riding in the Amgen Tour of California, an eight-day stage race kicking off in Escondido on May 12, 2013. Timmy will be at Bike Bling at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 for a meet and greet as he prepares for the race.

Timmy is riding with Team Saxo-Tinkoff and has had an impressive career. His career highlights include:

  • 2012 Olympic Team Member
  • 2012 USPRO National Champion
  • Multiple World Championship Appearances
  • Multiple National Championship Podiums
  • 2nd, Stage, Dauphine Libere
  • 2011 Most Aggressive Rider, USA Pro Cycling Challenge

The City of Escondido is proud to be the host city of the Amgen Tour of California overall race start. For more information, go to www.Amgen2013Escondido.com .

Acting Police Chief Cory Moles to Retire in July 

03/21/13 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Acting Police Chief Cory Moles announced today his plan to retire in July 2013 after serving almost 27 years with the Escondido Police Department. His last day will be July 5, 2013. His replacement has not yet been named by City Manager Clay Phillips.

In making the announcement Chief Moles noted, “I’ve had an incredible career with the Escondido Police Department.  It’s been both an honor and privilege to work with so many talented individuals at the Police Department, in San Diego County law enforcement, on the city staff and in the community. It has truly been a remarkable experience!”

Mr. Phillips also expressed appreciation for Chief Moles’ service, saying, “The city has been fortunate to have benefited from Cory’s many talents and leadership.  We wish him a long and happy retirement!” 

Cory began his career with Escondido in July 1986 as a Police Officer Trainee. Over the years he rose through the ranks and became the Assistant Police Chief in December 2007.

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Settlement Agreement Reached in Voting Districts Lawsuit 

03/20/13 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact for City: Jeffrey Epp (760-839-4608) Contact for Plaintiffs: Jim Finberg (415-421-7151

The Escondido City Council and Plaintiffs have agreed to a settlement of a lawsuit requiring City Council members to represent specific geographic areas.  The material terms of the settlement will be presented to the court at a status conference which is scheduled for Friday, March 22, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.    The Parties will ask the Court to review the settlement agreement and then approve it as a court order at a subsequent date. The settlement will take the form of a consent decree issued by the Superior Court.

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 Redistricting 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 are submitted to the City Council for final up or down approval.  Districts may be re-drawn every 10 years if required by changes in the population as reflected in the census.    The first Independent Redistricting Commission must be chosen by September 1, 2013 and the Council must approve any proposed boundaries at least four months before the November 2014 election.    

Districts are chosen according to legal requirements in the United States Constitution and the federal Voting Rights Act and shall have reasonably equal populations.  Districts are to be geographically contiguous, and encourage geographic compactness.   To the extent possible, they shall respect the geographic neighborhood and community of interest, including any racial, ethnic, or language minorities. 

The City will reimburse Plaintiff’s attorney fees and costs of $385,000.   In addition to the City’s in-house legal costs, the City has spent approximately $200,000 in defending the case and preparing the settlement.     

 

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Registration Now Open for Spring Break Camp 

03/11/13 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE; Contact: Joel Agg (760) 839-4382 - Be sure your child does not miss out on an unforgettable Spring Break! Escondido Recreation is currently accepting registration for spring break youth programs. The On Track Kid’s Camp and the Counselor in Training Programs will be offered March 25th – April 5th while schools are out for Spring Break.

The On Track Kid’s Camp is offered for campers ages 5 to 12 and is jam packed with outrageous games, arts & crafts and special events! Weekly field trip packages are available as well including trips to Knott’s Berry Farm and the San Diego Zoo.

If your teen is looking for a great way to have a blast while gaining valuable work experience the Counselor in Training Program is the perfect opportunity!  The C.I.T. Program strives to teach teens ages 13 to 15 the importance of communication, teamwork and responsibility by teaching valuable job skills. The teens will have the opportunity to utilize their skills by volunteering in the On Track Kid’s Camp Program.

This year Escondido Recreation is committed to providing the same high quality programs at a new lower cost! Your child can attend the On Track Kid’s Camp or the C.I.T. Program for as low as $85 per week! Financial assistance is available for families with low to moderate income levels through the City of Escondido’s Share a Dream Scholarship Fund. Scholarship applications are available at City Hall, the EastValleyCommunity Center or online.

To register for camp or the C.I.T. program or for more information, please contact Escondido Recreation at (760) 839-4382 or visit us online at www.recreation.escondido.org

 

 

Sixteen Teams Selected to Compete in 2013 Amgen Tour of California 

03/07/13

The following news release is provided by AEG:

Most Competitive Field Yet Assembled for America’s Eighth Annual Premier Cycling Race; Lineup to Include Boonen, Farrar, Gilbert, Horner, Sagan, and van Garderen

LOS ANGELES (March 7, 2013) – Amgen Tour of California organizers have selected 16 teams from among the best international and domestic squads to compete in the country’s largest professional road cycling stage race May 12-19, 2013. With full rosters yet to be announced, the field will include Olympic medalists, Tour de France competitors and the reigning world champion.

This year’s event will be headlined by eight of the world’s top ranking Pro Teams along with UCI Pro Continental and Continental squads, collectively representing nine countries. Included among the American teams are the top two U.S. Pro Teams: BMC Racing Team of Santa Rosa, Calif., whose roster includes current world road champion Philippe Gilbert of Belgium, and eight-time* participant Team Garmin-Sharp of Denver, which will be defending its record-setting three Overall Team Standings wins.

Returning for their sixth year of California competition are Belgium's top team Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team, who has confirmed Tom Boonen, who last year became the first rider to win all four “cobbled classics” in Europe, for the race; and Italy’s top professional team Cannondale Pro Cycling. Other top World Tour teams selected include perennial powerhouse RadioShack Leopard TREK of Luxembourg, whose roster includes 2011 Amgen Tour of California champion Chris Horner of Bend, Ore., Australia's top team ORICA-GreenEDGE, Denmark's top professional club Team Saxo-Tinkoff, and Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team from the Netherlands.

“The Amgen Tour of California consistently attracts the world’s elite teams and riders, and has become one of the most important races on the international calendar,” said Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the race and senior vice president of AEG Sports. “With our eighth edition this year, we are honored to again host one of the top fields ever assembled in a spectacular showcase for cycling fans in California and around the world.”

UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team of Oakland, Calif., the top American-based Pro Continental team, will compete alongside Germany's Team NetApp - Endura and China's top squad Champion System Pro Cycling Team in their Amgen Tour of California debut. Also announced to the lineup are some of the United States' top Continental squads: BISSELL Pro Cycling, the winningest team in the National Racing Calendar (NRC) in 2012; Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies; Team Jamis – Hagens Berman; Bontrager Cycling Team; and 5-hour Energy presented by Kenda Racing.

“This year's Amgen Tour of California will be awesome,” said Peter Sagan, Cannondale Pro Cycling, winner of five stages at the 2012 Amgen Tour of California. “I had an amazing experience last year and from the looks of the route this year, there are some incredible stages and sprints I can't wait to take on." Several teams returning this year have made many prior appearances, including seven-time participant BMC Racing Team, which in addition to Gilbert, will race Tejay van Garderen, the top American finisher in the 2012 Tour de France (5th overall).

“The Amgen Tour of California is a big objective of mine because it's not very often that we get to race in front of a home crowd. So I'm really going to relish that,” said Tejay van Garderen, BMC Racing Team. “If we can go into the hometown of the BMC Racing Team (Santa Rosa) on the last day in the leader’s jersey, that would be a special feeling. I'd love to be able to do that and to pay back the team for the support it's given to me. To get the reception of the crowd in a situation like that would definitely be a career highlight.”

The race will wind through some of California’s most demanding – and scenic – roads and serve as a preview of key contests, including the Tour de France. This year, worldwide fans will get a new perspective on nearly 750-mile course. In February, organizers announced that for the first time, the 2013 Amgen Tour of California will run from south to north and provide new challenges for the athletes.

“As the biggest stage race in the U.S., the Amgen Tour of California continues to provide our cyclists with a challenging and exciting competition, and our North American and Asian athletes are looking forward to the test,” said Ed Beamon, General Manager, Champion System Pro Cycling Team. “This year will be over-the-top, literally, with several grueling climbs and a mountaintop finish at Mount Diablo.”

The race will begin in Escondido on May 12, north of San Diego proper, and will conclude on May 19 in Santa Rosa in the San Francisco Bay Area. Teams will cover a full range of challenging terrain as they speed through some of California’s most majestic and iconic highways, bridges, roadways and coastlines to claim stages in 12 official host cities. 

 “Every year the organizers of the Amgen Tour of California take it up a notch with a route that challenges cyclists and gives fans an incredible event,” said Team Garmin-Sharp’s Tyler Farrar, an elite cyclist who has won stages at all three Grand Tours. “I’m really looking forward to racing again on the West Coast with some of the best riders in the world, and I’m excited about this year’s route, especially the Santa Barbara stage and the final stage in Santa Rosa.”

"The Amgen Tour of Californiais the jewel of U.S. racing. I'm very excited that the 5-hr Energy presented by Kenda Racing Team will compete in this year's race,” said Frankie Andreu, the team’s Director Sportif. “The new route will be challenging and should be great for the fans. We look forward to taking our shot at winning one of the stages or a coveted jersey."

Also this year, the third annual Amgen Tour of California Women’s Time Trial Race, presented by SRAM, will take place in San Jose on Friday, May 17, just prior to the men’s Stage 6 individual time trial. The invitation-only women’s time trial will use the same course as the men and will offer a $10,000 prize.

The 2013 Amgen Tour of California roster includes:

UCI ProTeams:

BMC Racing Team, USA

Cannondale Pro Cycling, Italy

Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team, Belgium

ORICA GreenEDGE, Australia

RadioShack Leopard Trek, Luxembourg

Team Garmin-Sharp, USA     

Team Saxo-Tinkoff, Denmark

Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team, The Netherlands

UCI Professional Continental Teams:

Champion System Pro Cycling Team, China

Team NetApp-Endura, Germany

UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team, USA

UCI Continental Teams:

5-hour ENERGY presented by Kenda Racing Team, USA

BISSELL Pro Cycling, USA

Bontrager Cycling Team, USA

Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies, USA

Team Jamis – Hagens Berman, USA

Cycling fans can experience the excitement of America’s biggest professional stage race up close and personal by becoming a race volunteer. Race organizers are looking to fill nearly 5,000 volunteer positions. Registration and further information about the various duties available are nowonline at www.AmgenTourofCalifornia.com.

Escondido will host Stage 1 of the race on Sunday, May 12. For more information go to www.amgen2013escondido.com

Escondido Appoints 2 Police Captains 

03/01/13 Categories: City of Escondido

Escondido City Manager Clay Phillips announced today that Police Lieutenants Craig Carter and Michael Loarie have been promoted to the position of Police Captain effective Sunday, March 3, 2013. 

In making these announcements today, City Manager Clay Phillips noted, “We are fortunate to have the in-house talent that allows us to promote from within. Both Craig and Mike will bring outstanding leadership, interpersonal and technical skills to the Police Department’s executive management team.” 

Craig Carter has worked for the Escondido Police Department since 1992 when he was hired as a Police Officer Trainee after previously serving as a Reserve Police Officer. He has risen through the ranks serving as Police Officer until he was promoted to Sergeant in 1998.   In January 2005 he was promoted to Lieutenant.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Bellevue University.

Mike Loarie began his career with the Escondido Police Department in May 1989 as a Police Officer, previously serving as a Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Deputy. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1997 and then Lieutenant in January 2005.   Mike holds a Master’s Degree in Executive Leadership/Business Administration from the University of San Diego, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Leadership/Management from Azusa Pacific University.

A badge pinning ceremony will take place at the March 20, 2013 City Council meeting at 4:30 p.m.

 

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Park Avenue Saturday Night Dance In Escondido 

02/13/13 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 March 2nd 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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Amgen Tour of California Route Announced 

02/12/13

The City of Escondido, host of the overall start of the Amgen Tour of California cycling stage race on May 12, announced the specific route of Stage 1 of the race this morning. Stage 1 of the eight-day professional cycling race should prove to be one of the most challenging starts since the race began in 2006.

The announcement took place at Bike Bling, an independently owned bike shop and local race sponsor, located at 333 E. Grand Avenue in Downtown Escondido. Local officials and race sponsors were in attendance. Route information, including a new video produced by the Tour, is online at www.Amgen2013Escondido.com . For more information contact Michelle Geller at (760) 839-4587.

Grand Opening of Escondido Technology Center 

01/17/13 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The East Valley Branch Library will reopen as a Technology and Internet Center on Wednesday, January 30, 2013.    A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at noon at the Center, located at 2245 East Valley Parkway.

The Escondido Technology Center will be open Monday through Thursday from noon to 6:00 p.m.  The Center consists of 30 computers which may be accessed by residents in the same manner as those at Escondido Public Library at 239 S. Kalmia Street.  For more detailed information about how to use a computer at the library or Technology Center please visit  http://library.escondido.org/computers.aspx

Funding for the Technology Center was provided by Community Development Block Grant Funding ($60,000), Recreation Reserve Funding ($75,000) and a $25,000 grant from Cox Communication.

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