Posts in Category: City of Escondido

Queen Califia's Magical Circle Open This Saturday



DATE: July 6, 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, July 11, 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.

Photos and more information about the art piece are at .

Escondido Adopts New Water Restrictions

For Immediate Release

Contact: Lori Rountree, 760-802-0803

New restrictions for City of Escondido water customers have been approved by the Escondido City Council.  Those customers will be permitted to continue to water three days per week, but only 7 minutes per station, instead of the previous 10 minutes. The three-day watering schedule remains the same: houses with odd numbered addresses may only water on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday while those with even number homes may only water on Monday, Wednesday, Saturday.  Apartments, condos and businesses may water on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For more information, visit

Allowing City of Escondido water customers to continue to water three times a week but for shorter times will help the City to reduce its water consumption while accommodating the needs of its customers who live under hotter inland temperatures than coastal communities.

These restrictions do not apply to Escondido residents who are customers of the Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District.  Those customers may water only two days per week for ten minutes per station.  More information about those restrictions may be found at


San Diego Man Arrested by EPD for Child Pornography Charges


Contact: Lieutenant Neal Griffin, 760-839-4700



            The observations of an alert shopper in Escondido have led to the arrest of San Diego resident, Abdullah Sediqi, 64, for multiple counts of possession of child pornography, lewd and lascivious acts with minors, and disorderly conduct by taking “up-skirt” photographs with a cell phone.

            On Saturday afternoon, June 13th, a woman shopping inside the Valley Thrift Store, located at 2085 East Valley Parkway, observed what she thought to be suspicious behavior by another patron. The woman noticed a man, later identified as Abdullah Sediqi, crouched down closely behind her with a cellphone in his hand. The woman moved away, but she continued to observe Sediqi as he approached another female customer. Sediqi crouched down low and appeared to use his cell phone to take a close up photograph of the unsuspecting woman. The alert witness continued to keep Sediqi under observation while at the same time she notified the police. Escondido Police Officers arrived on scene and detained Sediqi.  During the preliminary investigation, it was confirmed that Sediqi had been using his cell phone to take several images under the clothing of unsuspecting women, two of whom were juveniles.  The photos were taken from at least two different locations, a disorderly conduct violation commonly referred to as “up skirting.” Sediqi was immediately taken into custody. Sediqi was booked into Vista Detention Facility for (2) counts of annoying and molesting a child, a violation of penal code section 647.6(a); and, (4) counts of disorderly conduct, a violation of penal code section 647(j) (2).

            In California the law specifically prohibits the use of any type of video or camera equipment to secretly photograph under or through the clothing of another person without their consent.  The most common victims of this crime are women and young girls in public places such as department stores, grocery stores, parks or any other public place. The victims are often chosen by the perpetrator because the victim appears distracted or unaware of their immediate surroundings. In this case, the alert response of the victim/witness not only led to Sediqi’s arrest for up skirting, but also to the discovery of much more serious offenses involving indecent acts with a child and child pornography.

            As a part of the follow up investigation, Sediqi’s cell phone was forensically analyzed by Escondido Police Detective Damian Jackson, the EPD representative of the San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The phone was found to contain over six thousand images, most of which were innocuous photographs, but a detailed examination of the phone resulted in the discovery of many photographs that contained pornographic images of children. Some of the photos were of children who appeared to be as young as 3-5 years of age. By the time this discovery was made, Sediqi had been released from custody, after posting bail for his original charges.  A probable cause pick up authorizing the arrest of Sediqi on new charges was immediately issued and Escondido Police requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals San Diego Fugitive Task Force, who located and arrested Sediqi in less than twenty-four hours. Sediqi was returned to Vista Detention Facility.

            On June 15th, Escondido Police Detectives served a search warrant on the residence of Sediqi, located at 17472 Matinal Road, San Diego. In addition to being the private home and residence of Abdullah Sediqi, the residence is also the location of the Kid’s Castle Day Care, also known as the Sediqi Family Child Care, which is owned and operated by Sediqi’s ex-wife, Katrien Sediqi. The search warrant resulted in the seizure of all records of current clients of the day care center. Also seized were additional phones, computers and external hard drives; and, 13.88 grams of cocaine, possessed by Roin Mohammad Sediqi, 26, of San Diego, who is the adult son of the suspect.

            Roin Sediqi was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for sale. Roin Sediqi was booked into the Vista Detention Facility.

            The investigation has disclosed that many of the pornographic images found on Abdullah Sediqi’s phone are of children who were clients at the day care center operated from his home. The Escondido Police Department has contacted the parents of every child who is a current client of the Kid’s Castle Day Care and notified them of the arrest of Abdullah Sediqi.  A notification has also been made to the Community Care Licensing Division of the California Department of Social Services, which is responsible for the issuance and revocation of state licenses to day care facilities.

            Sediqi will be arraigned in Vista Court, on Friday, June 19th, at 1:30 PM.  In addition to the previously mentioned original charges, Sediqi is now being held in Vista Detention Facility without bail for the following offenses:


Sexual Penetration of a Child Under 10, a violation of 288.7 P.C.

Lewd Acts with a Child Under 14, a violation of 288(a) P.C.  /  6 Counts Possession of Child Pornography, a violation of 311.11 P.C. / 24 Counts


            This investigation is continuing.  Anyone who is a current or former client of the Kid’s Castle Day Care, who is concerned about the possibility that their child may have been victimized by Sediqi, should contact Detective Michelle Mayfield of the Escondido Police Department 760-839-4926.



Escondido's Water Use In April


Contact: Christopher McKinney, 760-839-4090

Escondido's water use figures for April 2013 were unfortunately misreported to the State Water Quality Control Board.  This error has led to further incorrect reports that Escondido's water use increased by 20% in April 2015 compared to April 2013. In actuality, Escondido’s water use decreased by 11%.


The correct figures are:

Water Use in April 2013 = 1,918 acre-feet

Water Use in April 2015 = 1,711 acre-feet

Water Use Percentage Change = 11% DECREASE



Workshop on Draft Regional Transportation Plan

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

On Tuesday, May 12 2015, there will be a workshop from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Mitchell Room at Escondido City Hall to allow public comment on SANDAG’s Draft San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan. The Regional Plan combines the big-picture vision for how our region will grow over the next 35 years with an implementation program to help make that vision a reality. The workshop will provide more information on what the Draft Regional Plan will accomplish, and also will feature panel discussions with community members on transportation, environment, healthy communities and economic issues related to the Plan. The speakers will be

  • Carl Morgan, North County EDC
  • Dahvia Lynch, North County Transit District
  • Stan Miller,  Alliance for Regional Solutions



New Assistant City Manager Appointed


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido City Manager Clay Phillips announced today that Graham Mitchell, current City Manager of Lemon Grove, has been appointed as the Assistant City Manager. He is expected to begin his duties on July 1, 2015.


Mr. Mitchell has been the City Manager in Lemon Grove since 2003.  Prior to that he was City Manager for three years in Farmersville, CA.  He holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Brigham Young University.


In making this announcement today, City Manager Phillips noted, “Graham brings a proven track record of city management experience and a solid understanding of the issues facing the city and the region. He will be a great addition to our management team.”


Mr. Mitchell’s salary will be $203,000.


Escondido Town Hall Meeting



Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido Mayor Sam Abed will hold a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, May 13, 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 ninth town hall meeting Mayor Abed has held since his election as Mayor.




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     CONTACT: Micaela Doucette  

DATE: April 22, 2015                                                                   PHONE: 760-839-4530


The City of Escondido recognizes the month of May as “Drowning Prevention Month” in accordance with the National Drowning Prevention Alliance. Nationwide and in Escondido, May begins the swimming pool season. The main goal of “Drowning Prevention Month” is to raise awareness of the importance of making children and families water safe. Drowning is a preventable act that serves as the leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of four.  In order to assure children are safe in and around water, the City’s Recreation Department provides the opportunity for children and adults to become water safe through over 260 Learn-to-Swim classes held at James A. Stone and Washington Park pools.  Classes are taught by Aquatics staff who meet the American Red Cross and State of California requirements for Aquatics professionals.

In addition to the Learn-to-Swim classes, Escondido Recreation hosts Open Swim for the public at both James Stone and Washington Park pools for just $3 per person. Escondido Recreation Aquatics staff encourages people of all ages to practice their swimming techniques, beat the heat, spend time with their families, and have fun at Escondido pools.

Open Swim hours for the 2015 summer:

James A. Stone Pool - 131 West Woodward Ave

Begins June 19 through August 16

Fridays 3-7 pm and Sundays 12-4 pm


Washington Park Pool - 501 North Rose Street

Begins June 20 through August 16

Mondays - Thursdays 1-3pm

Fridays 1-4pm

Saturdays 2-6pm

Sundays 12-4pm


For more information about Learn-to-Swim classes or Open Swim, please call 760-839-4691 or visit the Recreation Department website at:



Traffic Advisory: 1600 Block of El Norte Parkway


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Please be advised that the 1600 block El Norte Parkway has just been closed in both directions due to a fatal traffic accident.  The road is expected to remain closed until approximately 11:00 a.m.


Cruisin' Grand Returns April 3, 2015

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621


On Friday, April 3, 2015 hundreds of classic cars will return once again to the streets of Downtown Escondido to kick off another exciting season of Cruisin’ Grand!  Cruisin’ Grand runs from 5-9 p.m. every Friday from April 3 to October 2 along Grand Avenue in historic Downtown Escondido.

To celebrate Cruisin' Grand's 2015 season, a special Wine and Craft Beer Festival will add to the fun of Cruisin’ Grand on April 10.    Local wineries and craft breweries will offer tastes of their finest selections on the beautiful Maple Street Plaza. Admission to the festival area is $20 and includes 12 drink tickets. Each ticket is good for 1 oz. wine and/or 2 oz. beer taste. Tickets may be combined to equal full glasses of wine/beer. 21 and over only. IDs will be checked upon entry. No one under 21 permitted inside the tasting area. Tickets may be purchased at the event or online now at:

Escondido is proud to have one of the greatest ongoing traditions in San Diego County. Cruisin’ Grand brings thousands of visitors to Escondido every Friday night throughout the summer. This popular event is not only for classic car enthusiasts but for everyone to enjoy strolling along Grand Avenue, stopping in for a bite at one of our many restaurants and people-watching on those warm summer nights. Each Friday night, awards are given to the most impressive pre-1973, American-made cars. Theme nights include “Fire Truck Night”, “Nitro Night” and “AFX Night.” If you’ve never been there, don’t miss it this season!  For more information and a schedule of events, visit .