September is Library Card Sign-Up Month 

Originally Posted August 29, 2016

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time when libraries across the country remind their communities that a library card is the most valuable card in your wallet. Visit Escondido Public Library, located at 239 S. Kalmia Street to get your free card or sign-up online at library.escondido.org/librarycard. Enjoy all the free perks an Escondido Public library card offers, including high-speed internet access; downloadable eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines; and books, music, and movies for every interest. Escondido Public Library offers free programs for all ages; and new this year, Read Local, Shop Local! …discounts at local businesses! Show your Escondido Public Library card at participating businesses from September 1 – 30, 2016 to receive a discount. To view the list of Read Local, Shop Local! business partners visit library.escondido.org/local. Be sure to share all the reasons why your Escondido Public Library card is The Most Valuable Card in Your Wallet, with friends, family, and colleagues who don't have their own library card and on social media using #LocalEsco.

STONE BREWING TO BUILD UNIQUE HOTEL 

Originally Posted August 22, 2016

Always a leader in innovation, Stone Brewing is now creating yet another reason for craft beer fans to visit Escondido. Stone Brewing and San Diego-based Untitled Hospitality have announced their partnership to construct a brewery-themed hotel across the street from Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens. 

As you might expect, the 99-room, 100,000 square foot Stone Hotel will reflect the high quality, creativity and unconventionality of all Stone projects. It will offer a wide variety of unique guest experiences ranging from a bar-style lobby check-in to oversized guestrooms, all in excess of 375 square-feet. Each of the rooms will showcase details such as custom designed furniture and floor-to-ceiling window systems, which flip open to an expansive balcony, providing an open-air in-room experience. Stone Hotel’s event facilities will include an 8,000 square-foot ballroom, a 10,000 square-foot rooftop garden located adjacent to the pool deck, as well as nearly an acre of outdoor event space

The City of Escondido is enthusiastic about Stone Hotel which will be our first boutique hotel. It will draw not only beer-centric travelers and other leisure visitors, but also will create new jobs and generate significant tax revenues to support city services.

Stone Hotel will be located at 1990 Citracado Parkway and is anticipated to open in 2018.For more information about Stone Hotel, visit www.stonebrewinghotel.com

NEIGHBORHOOD TRANSFORMATION PROJECT 

Originally Posted August 15, 2016

 Two years ago, the Escondido Police Department spearheaded an initiative called the Neighborhood Transformation Project (NTP). The NTP is a five-year comprehensive plan to address issues like graffiti, loitering, vandalism and other appearance and safety concerns, one neighborhood at a time, using an interdepartmental approach. The departments working on the NTP include Police, Neighborhood Services, Public Works, Code Enforcement, Economic Development and others, as well as community and faith-based partners.

After successful completion of the first two NTP areas (the first in the South Escondido Boulevard area and the second and most recent on the east end of the City), I am pleased to announce that the third NTP area will focus on the west side of Escondido. A map of the area is on the Escondido Police Department web site at https://police.escondido.org/ntp.aspx .

Last week, a community meeting was held at West Side Park to kick off the start of the new NTP area. About 50 neighbors attended and heard presentations from Chief Carter and other police department representatives about their plans for cleaning up the area.

The Escondido Police Department is committed to ensuring a safe community. Their intent with the NTP is to create a long term solution that results in measurable crime reduction and an enhanced quality of life in our neighborhoods. For the next 18 months, expect to see increased patrols as well as special enforcement efforts in the west side neighborhood. You can also expect to see other city departments (Code Enforcement, Public Works, Neighborhood Services, etc.) focusing their efforts and devoting resources to the neighborhood. 

As your Mayor, I’m excited about the opportunities that lie ahead and ask for your support, as well as your involvement, in making Escondido a safe and beautiful city. Please visit http://www.escondido.org/escondido-report-it.aspx to learn how to download our Report It! App which provides a free and simple way for people to use their smartphone to report community problems such as graffiti or potholes. Or you can call the Escondido Graffiti Hotline at 760-839-4OFF (4633) or use the online form at https://www.escondido.org/request-repair-report-problem-form.aspx .

HELP PROTECT OUR OAK TREES 

Originally Posted August 08, 2016

The Goldspotted Oak Borer (GSOB) is currently the most significant insect threat to oak trees in California and is killing oak trees in San Diego, Riverside and Orange Counties.  The beetle is native to Guatemala, southern Mexico, and southeastern Arizona.   Researchers believe that the goldspotted oak borer was introduced into southern California on firewood or expanded its range from native regions. Currently there are no effective tools for protecting trees once infestation occurs. 

Dying oak trees not only diminish the beauty of our landscape, but also impact property values, increase health hazards in high-use areas, diminish wildlife habitat, and change the fuel structure in areas prone to wildfire. Due to the current and potential impacts to California oaks and communities, public and private organizations are working together in the research, education and outreach efforts related to GSOB pest management.

Since the GSOB is transported in oak firewood, it is critical that Californians keep firewood local and not move it out of the area. Here are some immediate steps to help stop the spread of GSOB:

  • Use firewood from local sources - “Buy it Where you Burn It”
  • Leave firewood at home - do not transport it to recreational cabins, campgrounds or parks

Anyone planning to purchase or burn firewood is encouraged to visit www.firewood.ca.gov to learn how help stop the spread of GSOB and other pests through the movement of firewood. For more information on GSOB visit www.gsob.org

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