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Flood Control Channel Maintenance Has Begun 

08/24/15 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Alicia Appel, 760-839-4528

 

Starting August 24, 2015, the City of Escondido will begin its channel maintenance project in anticipation of winter storms.  Since 2009 the City has been working with state and federal resource agencies (Army Corps of Engineers, Regional Water Quality Control Board and Department of Fish and Wildlife) to obtain the permits necessary for this maintenance.  Permits are required as these areas are considered to be “Waters of the U.S” and may contain wildlife habitat, and the work is not allowed to impact creek water quality.  Permit conditions include requirements to conduct surveys during the bird nesting season and where necessary avoid work that could impact nesting birds; habitat surveys at specific locations; water quality measures; cultural and paleontological surveys, as well as coordination with a tribal monitor.  These requirements are intended to protect habitat, birds, cultural, tribal and paleontological resources that may be impacted by maintenance activities.  City staff have been trained to implement the measures required to protect natural resources and to provide required documentation for annual reports.  Unavoidable wetland impacts will be mitigated through a combination of wetland enhancement (invasive species removal) and wetland restoration (invasive species removal and native species planting) in an area totaling 1.75 acres in Kit Carson Park.

 

City staff members have prioritized the 63 permitted locations for maintenance based on historical data, staff inspections and resident comments, within the constraints of the regulatory requirements.  Regular maintenance will continue over the 5-year permit term.  An application to renew the application with an updated list of sites will be submitted prior to expiration of the permits.

 

For further information on channel maintenance activities and environmental permitting, please contact Alicia Appel at (760) 839-4528.

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Escondido Public Library Reaches Out at the Farmers’ Market Throughout September 

08/20/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Viktor Sjöberg, 760-839-4214

Escondido, CA – Stop by and meet Escondido Public Library’s information experts at Escondido's Certified Farmers’ Market on September 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2015. The Farmers' Market is open Tuesdays, from 2:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Grand Avenue, between Kalmia & Juniper Streets.

Each week, from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m., Library staff will be on hand to meet the public and learn more about the community’s information needs. They will also share information on how to obtain a Library card, as well as access free resources such as Chilton’s Auto Repair, eBooks and eMagazines. Weekly themes include:

  • September 1 – Tell Us What You Want, What You Really, Really Want! Share what you want for your community.
     
  • September 8 – How to: Prevent fires. Experts from the Escondido Fire Department team up with Library staff to share tips on fire prevention and answer questions.
     
  • September 15 – How to: Save water. City of Escondido Utilities Department experts team up with Librarians and share information about water conservation and what you can do to help.
     
  • September 22 – Creative Community. Meet Library staff and learn by doing; stop by for a collaborative craft for all ages.

Library programs and services are free and open to the public. For more information on this and other events, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Viktor Sjöberg, at 760-839-4814. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

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Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library Start a New Business 

08/19/15 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 Steps to Starting a Business on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This free workshop is part of Escondido Public Library’s financial literacy series, Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library.

Start your own business and be your own boss. Learn what you need to know about the steps you should take to begin this great adventure and how you can protect yourself financially.  This workshop will be presented by specialists from the San Diego Financial Literacy Center, sdflc.org, whose mission is to enhance the financial IQ of San Diego County residents.

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.

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Traffic Advisory 

08/18/15

SDG&E is doing gas line maintenance work on Via Rancho and Beethoven Drive near Westfield shopping center. To complete the work safely, traffic is limited to one lane at the intersection going westbound.  The contractor is not permitted to start work until after 8 a.m. when the rush hour/school traffic subsides. The work should be completed  by next Friday 8/28. For more information, contact SDG&E http://www.sdge.com/customer-service/contact-us

Agreement Results in Energy Production at Wastewater Plant 

08/14/15 Categories: City of Escondido

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The City of Escondido and Anaergia have entered into a Power Purchase Agreement which will enable Escondido’s wastewater treatment plant to turn waste biogas into renewable energy. Mayor Sam Abed will participate in a signing ceremony to be held on Monday, August 17, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at the offices of J.R. Filanc Construction Company, Inc., 740 N. Andreasen Drive, Escondido, CA.

Each day, the City of Escondido’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) treats about fifteen million gallons of wastewater generated by both Escondido and Rancho Bernardo. In addition to producing high quality clean effluent, HARRF generates a potentially valuable byproduct in the form of energy-rich biogas, which is currently flared. On July 8, 2015, the City Council approved a 20-year agreement which will allow Escondido Bioenergy Facility, LLC (A subsidiary of Anaergia) to construct and operate a cogeneration facility that will treat HARRF’s biogas and use it to fuel internal combustion engines that will power generators for electricity production.

Under the terms of the agreement the City has committed to purchase at least 8,146 MWh per year for $0.129 per kWh.  This amount represents approximately 75% of the plant’s current electricity use, and is projected to save the City about $10M over the life of the 20 year contract.  In addition, all heat from the energy plant will be provided to the treatment plant at no cost. The project will result in significant savings from not only the low and predictable electricity price it offers, but also since the treatment plant currently purchases natural gas from SDGE to heat the plant’s digesters which are maintained at a constant 98 degrees.

 

 

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Escondido Cool Zone Locations 

08/14/15 Categories: City of Escondido
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The City of Escondido reminds the public that three City facilities have been designated as Cool Zone sites.  These sites are air-conditioned settings where seniors and others can gather. The sites encourage people to share air conditioning during the heat of the day, lowering individual usage and helping to conserve energy for the whole community.

Escondido’s Cool Zone Sites are:

  • Park Avenue Community Center, 210 Park Avenue (760-839-4688)
  • Escondido Public Library, 239 Kalmia Street (760-839-4684)
  • East Valley Community Center 2245 East Valley Parkway (760-839-4382)

 

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2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón 

08/14/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Neva Robinson, 760-839-4214

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on September 8, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. This book was specially selected by KPBS, and its partners, as the 2015 One Book, One San Diego community read title. Copies of the book are available for check-out in print or eBook format and can be reserved at library.escondido.org. For more information on One Book, One San Diego, and a list of community events surrounding the countywide reading of The Shadow of the Wind, go to www.kpbs.org/one-book.

Author Ruiz Zafón’s novel is an international bestseller, with over 15 million copies sold worldwide. The story takes place in Barcelona after the Spanish Civil War and centers on a young boy who sets out to protect a mysterious book with his life. It is a story about mystery, fantasy and love.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on October 13, 2015, with Life after Life by Kate Atkinson.  The selection for November 10, 2015, will be Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.

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.

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Escondido Awarded Two Grants 

08/14/15 Categories: City of Escondido

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

 

The City of Escondido has won two competitive grants totaling $1.6 million from the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to improve bike and pedestrian access to the Escondido Transit Center and the Escondido Creek Trail.

 

One of the grants is a $335,000 active transportation grant, which will help fund the installation of a pedestrian signal and pedestrian refuge across El Norte Parkway, including a decorative trail overhead signage structure. The other grant is a $1.27 million smart growth grant that will enable the city to build a pedestrian/bike bridge to connect the Escondido Transit Center with the Escondido Gateway shopping center on W. Valley Parkway, and construct bike lanes between Tulip and Quince streets.

 

The grants are made possible by the regional TransNet half-cent sales tax for transportation approved by voters countywide and administered by SANDAG.  For more information please visit: http://www.sandag.org/index.asp?newsid=876&fuseaction=news.detail

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Saturday Night Dances at Park Avenue Community Center 

08/10/15 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Karen Williams, 760 839-4046


Saturday Night Dances are held on the first Saturday of each month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Park Avenue Community Center, 210 E. Park Avenue.   Each month features a different live band, refreshments, and door prizes. Singles, couples, of all levels and varieties of dancers, are welcome to join fun each month.  Entry fee is only $4 per person.

On Saturday, September 5, slip into your dancing shoes and enjoy the ballroom ballads and oldies, but goodies with the Cradit Union. This popular band is great for swing, line dancing, two-step, cha-cha, and much more.

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

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Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

08/06/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Cecy Rayphole 760-839-4289

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, August 29, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Bajo la misma estrella/The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, is the selected title for August. Multiple copies of the book are available for check out or can be reserved in the Library catalog.

Bajo la misma estrella/The Fault in Our Stars, is a best-selling novel and also a recent movie starring Shailene Woodley as Hazel Grace Lancaster. She is a young cancer patient trying to live a normal life while struggling with what it will be like for her parents after she dies. Hazel meets and falls in love with Augustus Waters, a participant in a support group. Their friendship develops as they courageously face their disease, while dealing with youthful aspirations and unexpected twists of fate.

Cecy Rayphole, Rincón Literario’s facilitator, commented, “Rincón Literatio brings readers together to share their views, experience different perspectives and discover what they have in common. Rincón Literario also provides a supportive setting where participants can practice or improve reading and speaking in either English or Spanish.”

Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, September 26, 2015, to discuss the delightful Esperanza renace/Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan.

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 books 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 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org.

 

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