Posts in Category: City of Escondido

Escondido response to Fires

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The County has activated its Emergency Operations Center to a level 3.  Escondido has activated its Emergency Operations Center to a Level 1 to monitor all neighboring fires.  Escondido Fire is already providing Mutual Aid. PD is preparing to respond to any requests for Mutual Aid.

 

There is a fire north of Escondido at I-15 west of Highway 76 and Cal Fire is responding.  Escondido Fire Department is responding to a report of a fire at Bear Valley Parkway and Grand Avenue.

 

Updates will be provided as they become available.

 

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Temporary Closure of Ryan Park for Turf Maintenance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Loretta McKinney, 760-839-4871
 

The City of Escondido will temporarily close Francis Ryan Park, located at 390 North Hidden Trails Road, beginning  May 19 through August 1, 2014 for annual turf maintenance. During that time the field will be aerated, fertilized, top dressed and over-seeded.  The public is asked to stay off the fields during this maintenance period to allow the existing Bermuda grasses in the heavily used areas to re-establish. However, the main parking lot and restroom gates will be unlocked daily to allow access.

 

Francis Ryan Park is one of the most well-used parks in Escondido.  Primarily designed for soccer, Ryan Park is the home field for the Escondido Soccer Club and the host site for 14 soccer tournaments throughout the year.    The timing of the turf maintenance closure was set to coincide with the end of the Escondido Soccer League season.

 

All soccer, football and general field use enthusiasts are encouraged to use alternate locations for play during this time. For more information or questions please contact the Community Services Department at 760-839-4691.

 

 

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Update on Tap Water Odor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The following is a news release issued by the Metropolitan Water District:

NO HEALTH HAZARD FROM TAP WATER WITH UNPLEASANT TASTE AND ODOR IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY

Earthy, musty taste and smell in drinking water expected to dissipate by end of the week

 

Consumers in San Diego County may notice a musty taste and odor in their tap water, but it is an aesthetic problem caused by algae blooms and not a health hazard, according to water quality experts. Officials at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California said the taste-and-odor event may improve by the end of the week after the district isolated the affected facilities and treated supplies over the weekend. In the meantime, the drinking water impacts will continue to vary as local agencies blend imported Metropolitan water with local supplies.

"The earthy taste and smell stem from an algae bloom in Diamond Valley Lake near Hemet in southwest Riverside County, which is affecting supplies being delivered to the San Diego County Water Authority," said Jim Green, Metropolitan’s manager of water system operations.“Consumers, however, can be assured that the taste-and-odor issues they may be experiencing in their tap water do not pose any health risks,” he said “Consumers affected by this situation may consider refrigerating their tap water to help improve its taste until the problem diminishes.”

Over the weekend, Metropolitan isolated Diamond Valley Lake and treated the algae bloom, which also has impacted untreated supplies in nearby Lake Skinner. Diamond Valley Lake and Lake Skinner are currently providing raw water to SDCWA. Officials stressed that the treated water is safe for consumers and that fish and wildlife will not be impacted. Growth of algae in open surface reservoirs is generally a seasonal problem that usually occurs in warm months. As in previous years, the cause of this year’s taste-and-odor episode has been identified as geosmin, a nuisance compound produced from the growth of certain algae in freshwaters throughout the world. “Unfortunately, people with sensitive taste and smell can detect the compound in water at levels as low as 5 parts-per-trillion,” Green said. “By comparison, one part-per-trillion is equivalentto just 10 drops of geosmin in enough water to fill the Rose Bowl.”

Consumers interested in receiving additional information about the quality of Metropolitan’s drinking water supplies can visit the district’s website, www.mwdh2o.com, for the district’s annualwater quality report and other related materials.

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The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a cooperative of 26 cities and water agencies serving nearly 19 million

people in six counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies,

and helps its members to develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other resource-management programs.

Escondido Cool Zone Locations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

With extremely hot weather predicted this week, 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)

Tap Water Odor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The City has received calls about an odor in our tap water. Please know that the drinking water in Escondido is safe.  The County Water Authority (CWA) reports that the odor/taste issue is being experienced throughout San Diego County and is from an algae bloom near Lake Skinner. The Water Utilities Division is now cutting back on their use of imported water from Lake Skinner and are using additional local water.

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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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