Posts in Category: City of Escondido

Council Approves Settlement Agreement with Stuck in the Rough


Contact: Jeffrey Epp, 760-839-4608

The Escondido City Council has reached an agreement under which Stuck in the Rough (SITR) will dismiss its litigation pertaining to the former Escondido Country Club property.

Under the agreement, a prior court ruling which invalidated an Open Space Initiative for the property will remain in place and the City will not appeal that ruling.  SITR will withdraw its 2015 application for 270 homes, with fees to be either credited or reimbursed. While SITR retains ownership of the property, another developer will act as the lead representative on any future development application for the former Country Club property and to accept proposals for development from the surrounding community. SITR has presently identified three potential developers for the property. The City will process any application in accordance with CEQA, the Planning and Zoning Law, the Subdivision Map Act, and any other applicable laws.

Each side will bear their own costs and attorney fees.


A copy of the agreement will be placed online on Thursday, October 8 and can be found at:


College and Career Fair - Oct. 3 at Westfield North County


Contact: Michelle Geller, 760-839-4587

A no-cost College and Career Fair will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from Noon to 4 p.m. on levels 2 and 3 at Westfield North County mall, 272 East Via Rancho Parkway.  Representatives from over 100 colleges and universities will be on hand to provide information to students and their parents about entrance requirements, application deadlines, and majors. Representatives also will be there for those interested in community college, trade school, certification programs and military service.


Recognizing that a well-educated workforce is essential to Escondido’s prosperity, a wide range of organizations are sponsoring the fair: Mission Federal Credit Union, Westfield North County, Cal State University San Marcos Extended Studies, City of Escondido, Escondido Chamber of Commerce, Escondido Union High School District, Palomar College GEAR UP Partnership Program, San Diego Union-Tribune and the Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District.


For more information, please visit:


Escondido Community Wellness Expo - Information and Resources for Older Adults

For Immediate Release

Contact: Karen Williams, 760-839-4688

The Escondido Senior Center will host the 9th Annual Community Wellness Expo on Saturday, October 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.. at the Park Avenue Community Center, 210 Park Avenue. The Expo is designed to “Enrich the Lives of Older Adults and Their Families,” by providing valuable health/wellness information and resources that support older adults, family members, friends and care givers who help and assist with important life enhancing decisions.


Wellness Expo attendees can browse over 30 exhibitor booths staffed with well-informed personnel who will disseminate vital information.  The event also features:

  • Health screenings provided by community partners including Palomar Health who offer Meet the Pharmacist for one-on-one consultations (older adults should bring all medications), body composition, blood pressure, flu shots;
  • Meet the Registered Dietician/Nutritionist educator;
  • Professional Hearing Associates will evaluate hearing health;
  • Wellness Activities include Pot-A-Plant, Pet Therapy by Helen Woodward Animal Center, Senior Portraits by Palomar Community College, and Chair Massage.


Attendance at the Expo is free and includes a continental breakfast from 8:30 – 9:30 am with gift basket drawings being held throughout the event.


The Expo is sponsored by the City of Escondido in partnership with Palomar Health.  For information please call the Escondido Senior Center at 760-839-4688.




Temporary Closure of Eastbound East Lincoln Ave


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     CONTACT: Bud Oliveira

DATE: September 18, 2015                                                        PHONE: 760-839-4668



Due to a sink hole, the City of Escondido advises motorists that access along eastbound East Lincoln Avenue at Rose Street will be closed to ALL traffic until further notice while repairs are being made. Detours will be in place in the surrounding areas to help reroute traffic. Foot traffic to Rose Elementary School will not be effected.

Persons with questions or comments may contact Bud Oliveira, Deputy Director of Public Works, at 760-839-4668.




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    DATE: September 8, 2015                                                   

CONTACT: Kristina Owens                                                   

PHONE: 760-839-4519





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.



Tree Triming on Downtown Streets


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.


Temporary Closure of Midway For Pipeline Installation


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.


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:




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.



Flood Control Channel Maintenance Has Begun


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.