Posts in Category: City of Escondido

Voter Registration Deadline Approaching

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:  DIANE HALVERSON, CITY CLERK, 760-839-4617 

Escondido City Clerk Diane Halverson reminds residents that Monday, May 19 is the last day to register to vote in the California Primary Election to be held June 3, 2014. 

City Hall will remain open until midnight May 19 to accept voter registration cards.  During regular business hours, you may register online at www.sdvote.org or at the San Diego County Registrar of Voters.  Registration cards are available at the City Clerk’s Office during regular business hours; however, between 5:30 p.m. and midnight, we will be registering voters in the City Council Chambers foyer at City Hall, 201 North Broadway.

If you have moved, changed your name (due to marriage or court order), or wish to change your party affiliation since the last election, you must re-register no later than midnight, Monday, May 19.

If you have any questions concerning voter registration, please contact the Registrar of Voters Office at 858-565-5800, or the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 201 North Broadway, Escondido, 760-839-4617.

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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, May 14, 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.

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2014 Arbor Day Observance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Bud Oliveira, 760-839-4665

The City of Escondido, in conjunction with the Professional Tree Care Association of San Diego (PTCA),  will hold an Arbor Day Observance on April 25, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on the grounds of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (CCAE) and the Woodward Avenue Parking Lot. The PCTA will be donating personnel and equipment to provide proper tree care for the trees on the grounds of the CCAE and the Woodward Parking Lot, as well as the planting of 16 trees.

This will be the second year the PCTA has selected the City of Escondido to make their donation to tree health and tree safety.  It is the 13th consecutive year the PCTA and other commercial tree companies have provided this service to non-profit organizations.  Several PCTA-member tree care companies also will participate in this event along with Certified Arborists to ensure all work meets American National Standards Institute (ANSI)  A300 Standards and the International Society of Arboriculture Guidelines. 

Proper tree care ensures that healthy urban trees provide the utmost benefits to the communities and environments where they grow. Research-proven benefits include: the capture and long-term storage of carbon dioxide, particulate pollution collection, urban runoff diversion, oxygen production, shade/cooling, increased property values, and improved human health among other benefits. Questions and comments regarding this work may  be directed to Bud Oliveira, Deputy Director of Public Works/Operations at 760-839-4665.

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New Ways to Finance Energy-Efficient Home/Business Improvements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido residents and business owners now have two new ways to finance energy-efficient home improvement projects without significant upfront costs.  On April 9, 2014, the Escondido City Council approved participation in the Home Energy Retrofit Opportunity (HERO) program, and the Figtree PACE program.  Both programs provide Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE loans that allow commercial and residential property owners to finance renewable energy projects through long-term, low-cost, financing paid through their property tax bill. 

Improvements are financed with bonds issued through a Joint Powers Authority. The HERO program is authorized through the Western Riverside Council of Governments and administered by Renovate America, a for-profit corporation based in San Diego. The Figtree program is authorized through the California Enterprise Development Authority.  There are no fiscal impacts to the City due to joining the HERO or Figtree Programs.  There are no upfront or ongoing costs involved in being an Associate Member of WRCOG or the California Enterprise Development Authority and no costs to the City for the PACE program inception or operation.

For more information about the programs, please visit www.heroprogram.com or www.figtreefinancing.com

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Tree Trimming

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Bud Oliveira, 760-839-4665

The City of Escondido will have tree maintenance crews raising the canopies of the street trees in the area bounded by Kalmia and Centre City Parkway and 2nd and 13th streets starting Tuesday, April 1st. Crews will trim trees to provide a minimum of seven and one half feet of pedestrian clearance in the sidewalk areas and in the street area trees will be trimmed to provide a minimum of fourteen and one half feet for vehicle clearance. This work is being done to improve pedestrian safety and increase visibility for motorists. 

The work is expected to take several months. Questions and comments regarding this work can be directed to Bud Oliveira, Deputy Director of Public Works/Operations at 760-839-4665.

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Downtown Parking Survey Available Online

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

At the request of the Escondido City Council Downtown Parking Subcommittee, an online survey has been developed to solicit feedback from residents and visitors about their experiences with downtown parking.  Persons wishing to participate in the survey may do so by visiting www.escondido.org and clicking on "Downtown Parking Survey" at the bottom of  the box marked "Current Issues".

The survey will remain online until April 28, 2014.

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Rainy Weather Brings Potholes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Potholes happen year-round, but they especially tend to occur in the wintertime after rainy weather.  Potholes can result when water adn moisture slips into and under asphalt.

City maintenance crews have been busy making pavement repairs but are now reaching out to the public for help finding additional potholes. You can let them know of any problem spots by reporting it either online at  http://www.escondido.org/e-services.aspx or by calling the Maintenance and Operations phone line at 760-839-4668.

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City Seeks Feedback on Closure of Maple Street Plaza

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The City of Escondido is considering closing Maple Street Plaza to motor vehicles at Grand Avenue and Maple Street, in addition to the existing closure at Maple and Valley Parkway. An informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the Mitchell Room at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway, to solicit feedback from the public about this issue.

Currently vehicles may enter Maple Street Plaza from Grand Avenue as well as from the alleyway between Grand Avenue and Valley Parkway. The city is considering closing the street at Grand Avenue, but may allow delivery trucks to continue to access businesses from the alleyways.  The closure is intended to enhance pedestrian safety as well as to encourage more special events on the plaza.

If you are not able to attend the meeting but wish to send in comments, please send them to Joyce Masterson, Director of Economic Development and Community Relations at jmasterson@escondido.org or by calling 760-839-4621.

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Lighting up the Creek – Ribbon Cutting Celebration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 

CONTACT: Danielle Lopez PHONE: (760) 839-4517 

 

On March 8, 2014 at 6 p.m. the City of Escondido invites the community to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new lighting on the Escondido Creek trail. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the entrance of the creek off Broadway (next to Evans Tire.) This event will feature remarks for the Mayor and City Council, resource tables, snacks and the official lighting of the Creek Trail at dusk. All are invited to run, walk or bike the trail after the ceremony.

The City of Escondido receives annual formula allocations of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This project was funded with CDBG allocations, $10,000 of Utilities Department funds, as well as a grant received from SANDAG in the amount of $156,000. 

Council awarded the bid to Pro Tech Engineering Corp. on June 19, 2013 and the project was completed on Jan. 29, 2014 with a total cost of $576,023.33.The Escondido Creek Trail Lighting Project consisted of furnishing and installing approximately 88 direct burial street lights along the Escondido Creek Trail between Broadway and Ash Street. Work included trenching, pedestals and service points, furnishing and installing future camera system substructure, and providing the City with four additional light poles and fixtures. This project provides adjacent neighbors with safer, more attractive bicycle and pedestrian access.

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Free Sand and Bags

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

In anticipation of rain later this week, Escondido residents may obtain free sand and bags that have been stockpiled by the amphitheater at Kit Carson Park.  The park is located at 3333 Bear Valley Parkway and is open from sunrise to sunset.  Residents will need to bring their own shovels and be prepared to fill the sand bag themselves. The limit is 20 bags per resident.

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