Posts in Category: City of Escondido

QUEEN CALIFIA’S MAGICAL CIRCLE OPEN THIS SATURDAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    DATE: September 8, 2015                                                   

CONTACT: Kristina Owens                                                   

PHONE: 760-839-4519

 

 

QUEEN CALIFIA’S MAGICAL CIRCLE OPEN THIS SATURDAY

 

Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public this Saturday, September 12, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Queen Califia docents will be on site to answer questions.

Queen Califia's Magical Circle is the only American sculpture garden and the last major international project created by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002). Inspired by California's mythic, historic, and cultural roots, the garden consists of nine large-scale sculptures, a circular "snake wall" and maze entryway, sculpturally integrated bench seating and native shrubs and trees planted within the interior plaza and along the outer perimeter. The garden bears the brilliant, unique mosaic ornamentation that is an unmistakable part of de Saint Phalle's later work. Complete restoration of the exhibit is underway and will continue for the next several months.

 

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Tree Triming on Downtown Streets

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Bud Oliveira, 760-839-4665

On Sunday, September 13, 2015, the City of Escondido will be performing tree work on the Grand Avenue median trees and the street trees located on Grand Avenue, Second Avenue and Valley Parkway between Orange and Juniper. The work will start at 6:00 a.m. and continue until 3:00 p.m.  At times there will be lane closures to allow work to be completed on the larger trees. Work will include pruning and crown reduction of trees located in the sidewalk/parkway areas to establish pedestrian clearance and improve tree health. The large eucalyptus trees in the medians on Grand Avenue will be pruned to improve the structural stability of the trees.

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Temporary Closure of Midway For Pipeline Installation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Randy Manns, 760-839-6290, x7031

 

Due to the installation of new recycled water pipes, the City of Escondido advises motorists that access along Midway Dr. between Washington Avenue  and Valley Parkway will be either limited or closed to through traffic for the next several weeks. Motorists should anticipate a partial or full lane closure during construction on Friday, September 4, 2015 between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM. The work will resume on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 through Friday, September 18, 2015. Detour signs will be posted.  During the full road closure, no vehicles except emergency vehicles will be allowed through the construction zone. All work will be performed between 8:00AM to 4:00PM.

 

Residents and merchants along Midway Dr. (between Washington Ave. and Valley Parkway) should still have access to their respective destinations. However, gaining access to those points during full road closures will be limited to either using Washington Ave. or Valley Parkway; no through traffic (across the Escondido Creek Canal bridge) will be allowed except for emergency vehicles. During traffic queues along south Midway Dr. all motorists are encouraged to maintain the “Keep Clear” zone, noted, in front of Fire Station No. 2, for emergency response purposes.

Persons with questions or comments may contact Mark Lewis, City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspector II, at 760-807-1121 or Wayne Papac, MBL Project Construction Manager at 619-247-7828

 

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.

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Escondido Bond Ratings Raised by Standard & Poor's

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Clay Phillips, 760-839-4631

 

City officials announced today that Standard & Poor's Ratings Services had upgraded two of Escondido’s bond ratings.

 

Standard & Poors raised its long-term rating and underlying rating to 'AA-' from 'A+' on Escondido’s existing series 2012 water revenue bonds. At the same time, Standard & Poor’s raised the long-term ratings to 'AA-' from 'A+' on the series 2007 water bonds.

 

The outlook is stable for all bonds. The stable outlook reflects Standard & Poor's opinion that the financial performance of Escondido’s water system has been consistently strong and will remain strong over the two year outlook rating period.   Further support for this rating is evidenced by the water system’s stable and diverse customer base and recent track record of water system annual rate increases to support operations and fund future capital projects.

 

A copy of the rationale supporting the ratings and outlook is available on the city’s website at: http://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/PDFs/Finance/City%20ofEscondidoReport.pdf

 

 

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Town Hall Meeting

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

 

Escondido Mayor Sam Abed will hold a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway. Following a brief update by the Mayor, residents will be welcome to ask questions or share their thoughts on any topic relating to city government.  The event is free and no reservations are required.

 

The meeting will be videotaped and rebroadcast the following Sunday and Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. on Cox. Ch. 19 and AT&T U-Verse Ch. 99

 

This is the tenth town hall meeting Mayor Abed has held since his election as Mayor.

 

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Flood Control Channel Maintenance Has Begun

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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Agreement Results in Energy Production at Wastewater Plant

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

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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Escondido Awarded Two Grants

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

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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