Posts in Category: City of Escondido

Town Hall Meeting Rescheduled to June 4


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The Town Hall meeting originally scheduled for May 14, 2014, but cancelled due to the Cocos Fire, has been rescheduled.  Escondido Mayor Sam Abed will hold a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 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 seventh town hall meeting Mayor Abed has held since his election as Mayor.


Kit Carson Park Reopens


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                                                                    CONTACT: Loretta McKinney        PHONE: 760-839-4871


Kit Carson Park Reopens To The Community


The City of Escondido is pleased to reopen Kit Carson Park for the public’s use.  The Recreation Department is resuming all regularly scheduled programs and activities, including youth league practices and tournaments at Kit Carson Park, effective Thursday, May 22, 2014.

With last week’s fire event and subsequent evacuations, CalFire requested the use of Kit Carson Park as a base camp to provide emergency services to the areas affected by the fires. Since the fires are now contained and all evacuations have been lifted, the CalFire base camp has been disassembled. “The collaboration between the City and CalFire proved to be an excellent service to the community.” Director of Library and Community Services Loretta McKinney said. “People have been patient and understanding during last week’s park closures and the Recreation Department is happy to announce that Kit Carson Park is once again open for the community’s enjoyment!”

For questions about specific programs and activities, call the Community Services Department at 760-839-4691 or the Escondido Sports Center at 760-839-5425.


Recognition for Cocos Fire Responders


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The City of Escondido will recognize Police, Fire and other personnel for their excellent efforts during last week’s Cocos Fire.   A special ceremony will be held in conjunction with Cruisin’ Grand, this Friday, May 23, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the Maple Street Plaza located on Maple Street between Grand Avenue and Valley Parkway.  Escondido residents are encouraged to come to show their support for those who worked so hard to protect lives and property.

Speakers will include Mayor Abed, Fire Chief Mike Lowry and Police Chief Craig Carter.  There also will be a display of various fire vehicles, including Ol’ Betsey, a 1926 American La France fire truck.


Mandatory Evacuations Lifted

The City of Escondido Mandatory Evacuation orders have been lifted for all areas of Escondido EXCEPT:

The areas West of Citracado Parkway bordered by Country Club Dr. & Kauana Loa


The roads remain closed at:

Country Club Dr. at Hill Valley Ln and Harmony Gove at Kauana Loa




Escondido Evacuations are NOT Lifted

For Immediate Release

May 16, 2014

Contact: Teresa Collins (760) 839-5025

We are not authorized at this time to lift the mandatory evacuations. When this changes we will post immediately to our website, Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Update on Cocos Fire

For Immediate Release, May 15, 2014, 8:02 p.m.

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-5025


Escondido is now a part of  the Unified Command for the Cocos fire.  The Incident Command Post for the Cocos Fire is still at Cal State San Marcos. The establishment of Cal Fire’s base camp at Kit Carson Park is progressing well.


At this point it has been confirmed that one home and two outbuildings on Mount Whitney Drive in the unincorporated area of the County were destroyed.  No homes have been lost within the city limits.


Schools in Escondido will be closed again on Friday, May 16, 2014.


The Evacuation Center at Escondido High  approximately 160 evacuees there as well as many small and large animals.


Escondido Police Department continues to  maintain security at the evacuation center and in evacuated areas.



Palomar Medical Center ER

For Immediate Release; May 15, 2014, 5:36 p.m.

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-715-8407

Although the emergency rooms at both Palomar Medical Center (PMC)  and its downtown campus are open, patients with non-life threatening medical emergencies are asked to go to the emergency room at Palomar Health  Downtown Campus until the threat of fire at PMC is gone.


Updated Road Closures

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-5025



The Sheriff’s Department says the following road closures are in effect because of the Cocos Fire:

San Elijo Hills:
-Double Peak Road at San Elijo Road
-San Elijo Road at Questhaven
-San Elijo Road at Elfin Forest
-Questhaven at Attebury
-Melrose at Boulder Ridge
-La Costa Meadows at South Rancho Santa Fe Road
-San Elijo Road at South Rancho Santa Fe Road
-Rancho Santa Fe Road at Melrose

Cal State San Marcos:
-South Twin Oaks Valley Road at Highway 78
-Barham Road at La Moree Road
-South Twin Oaks Valley Road at Craven Drive

-South Twin Oaks Valley Road at Village
-Via Del Campo at Coronado Hills
-La Moree Road at Barham Drive (both directions)
-La Moree Road at Coronado Hills
-La Moree Road at Via Del Campo

Discovery Hills:
-Bent Avenue at Discovery Road
-Via Vera Cruz at Discovery Street
-San Pablo at Discovery
-Skyline at Via Vera Cruz
-Craven Road at Discovery Street

Harmony Grove:
-Harmony Grove Drive at Village
-Wilgen Drive at Harmony Grove
-Harmony Grove Village

Escondido and unincorporated:
-Valley Parkway at Citracado Parkway
-Del Dios Hwy from Via Rancho Parkway to Rancho Road 

Update on Evac/Pets, Large and Small at Escondido HS

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-5025

The Evacuation Center at Escondido High School is accepting large animals such as llamas, horses, goats, etc. as well as chickens, dogs, cats and other small animals.  If possible, please bring your own leashes, cages, and food bowls to help your animal feel more comfortable in an unfamiliar environment.

Escondido High School
1535 N Broadway

Road Closure updates: 78 EB and Del Dios Hwy

For Immediate Release
May 15, 2014
Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-5025

CHP and Caltrans have closed EB 78 to San Marcos Blvd., Twin Oaks Valley Rd., Barham and Nordahl.

CHP and Caltrans are advising that they are closing Del Dios Hwy. from Via Rancho Parkway to Rancho Dr. just west of Escondido so that nearby evacuees can escape.