Posts in Category: City of Escondido

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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2014 State of the City Address

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido’s Annual State of the City Address will be held in the Conference Center of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 beginning with an optional breakfast at 7:30 a.m. followed by the program at 8:30 a.m.  The event is organized by the City of Escondido in partnership with the Escondido Chamber of Commerce.

The optional breakfast is available for $20 per person by prior reservation. To make your reservation for breakfast, please visit www.escondido.org  or contact the City Manager’s Office at 760-839-4631.  The deadline to reserve breakfast is 5:00 p.m. February 22, 2014. Persons wishing to only attend the program may do so at no cost, and no reservation is required.

If you would like to sponsor a table, please contact Rorie Johnston at the Escondido Chamber of Commerce at 760-745-2125 or by emailing her at rorie@escondido.chamber.org.

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East Valley Parkway Lane Closure

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Kevin Brickley, 760-855-6129

As part of the reconstruction of the McDonalds restaurant at Ash Street and East Valley Parkway, the #2 west bound lane of East Valley Parkway will be closed  beginning Thursday, January 9, 2014.  It is anticipated that this work will take several weeks to complete. Signs have been posted advising motorists to expect delays during construction.

For questions, please contact: Kevin Brickley,  cell number (760) 855-6129, or email Kbrickley@ci.escondido.ca.us

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Free Public Tours of City Hall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Free guided tours of Escondido City Hall are offered on a quarterly basis on the first Thursday of January, April, July, and October. The next tour will be held on January 2, 2014 and will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the City Hall lobby, 201 N. Broadway. The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes. No reservations are required.

Tours for school groups may be arranged by contacting the Community Services Department at 760-839-4691.

Completed in 1988, Escondido City Hall was the first phase of the Escondido Civic Center. The building was awarded the prestigious Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence in 1989. City Hall represents innovative, functional, state-of-the-art, cost-effective solutions to many specific City needs. City Hall was designed with an anticipation of the future, as well as an appreciation of the past, and is a superb example of how architecture can reflect the heart of the community and inspire civic pride.

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2012 Campaign Mailer Settlement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Andrea Velasquez, 760-839-4608

In mid-2012, the City Council took action to present two ballot measures to the City’s voters on the November 6, 2012 municipal election ballot.  The two ballot measures were later designated as Propositions N and P, respectively.  Propostion N proposed various changes to the City’s General Plan.  Proposition P proposed the adoption of a city charter.

On October 17, 2012, Item 16A was added to the October 17, 2012 City Council meeting agenda.  Item 16A consisted of a request by the City Manager for the appropriation of up to $20,000 for “Educational and Information Publications on Upcoming City Ballot Measures.”  The accompanying staff report stated that the requested educational and information publications would be modeled on the material previously provided as a utility bill insert.  The City Council unanimously approved the expenditure for “Educational and Informational Publications” requested in Item 16A.

A resident and taxpayer of the city filed a lawsuit alleging that the mailer that was subsequently prepared and distributed to City residents exceed the scope of the communications authorized on October 17, 2012.  More specifically, the plaintiff alleges that the mailer was not merely “informational” and instead constituted “campaign activity” that could not lawfully be paid for with City funds.  The lawsuit alleges that the City and one or more City officers and/or employees violated constitutional and statutory law in connection with the mailer, including by failing to file various documents required by the Political Reform Act.

The City believes there is a possibility that a court might agree that state law was violated in connection with the preparation and distribution of the mailer, and that it is in the best interests of the City to enter into a settlement agreement to resolve the lawsuit.  Accordingly, the City has agreed to a settlement that acknowledges the possibility that contrary to the intent of the City Council, a court could ultimately determine that the mailer was campaign activity.  The has agreed to adopt rules and guidelines for the purpose of preventing City funds from being used in the future to pay for activities that could constitute campaign activity, and under the settlement, the City will satisfy any necessary disclosure obligations under the Political Reform Act.  Lastly, the City agrees to reimburse plaintiff for costs incurred in enforcing this important public interest.  The plaintiff has agreed to dismiss his lawsuit after the City takes these actions.

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Final Districting Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Diane Halverson, 760-839-4617

On Wednesday, December 4, 2013 following a presentation by Dana Nuesca, Chairperson of the Independent Districting Commission, the Escondido City Council unanimously approved the Commission’s Recommended District Plan, dividing the City of Escondido into four (4) Council districts. 

The seven member commission drew the district boundary lines pursuant to the criteria set forth in the Consent Decree  in the following order of priority:  1) Districts shall comply with the United State Constitution, including containing reasonably equal population; 2) Districts shall comply with the federal Voting Rights Act; 3) Districts shall be geographically contiguous and drawn to encourage geographic compactness; 4) Districts shall be drawn with respect for geographic integrity of any neighborhood and any community of interest; and 5) The place of residence of any incumbent or political candidate shall not be considered in the drawing of district boundaries.  The Commission held a total of nine meetings and nine public hearings, where public comments were heard.  The minutes may be viewed on the City website by visiting http://www.escondido.org/IDC-minutes.aspx

These districts shall be used for all future elections of City Council members, including their recall, and for filling any vacancy in the office of member of the Council until new districts are established. The City will hold elections in November 2014 for Districts 1 and 2.  The Final Districting Plan may be viewed on the City website by visiting http://www.escondido.org/IDC-maps.aspx

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Nominations Sought for Escondido City Council Awards

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR ESCONDIDO CITY COUNCIL AWARDS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Each year at the State of the City meeting, the Escondido City Council recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to improve the quality of life in Escondido through volunteer service. Nominations now are being solicited for these awards. 

We encourage the general public to submit nominations of qualified members of the community for consideration. Award nomination forms can be obtained by calling the City Manager’s Office (760-839-4631) or by downloading  a copy from the City’s web site:

www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/PDFs/CCAwardNominationForm2014.pdf

Categories include: Arts, Business, Community, Education, Public Safety, Historic Preservation, and Youth.  The deadline for nomination is 5:30 p.m. on Monday, January 27, 2014.

A sub-committee of the City Council will review all nominations and make its final selection in January.  The awards will be presented at the Annual State of the City Address on Wednesday, February 26, 2014.

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Don't Be Misled by Paid Advertisements or "Robo Calls"

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido is NOT facing bankruptcy contrary to paid advertisements in the San Diego Union Tribune, as well as automated telephone calls. These appear to be part of a campaign by one of the parties involved in litigation over the future of the Escondido Country Club property.   

Escondido finances are sound. The City has a balanced budget and maintains a General Fund Reserve in the amount of $16.5 million.  In addition, the City sets separate reserves for all litigation such that litigated cases have little impact on the general fund.

 

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ESCONDIDO COMMUNITY SERVICES COMMISSION MEETING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

DATE: October 28, 2013

CONTACT: Loretta McKinney

PHONE: (760) 839-4871

 

ESCONDIDO COMMUNITY SERVICES COMMISSION MEETING

On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, the Community Services Commission will conduct a meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers at 201 North Broadway.

In addition to the Park Improvement Projects Update, New Business agenda items include:

  • · Review an unsolicited proposal and business plan to build and operate a BMX track in Escondido’s Kit Carson Park or in another location
  • · Request to rename Kit Carson Park’s “Sand Lake” to “Eagle Scout Lake”
  • · Review of the James Stone Pool Audit
  • · Kit Carson Park Adult Softball Complex Concession Update
  • · Recreation Services Update
  • · Older Adult Services Update

Any action taken at this meeting is advisory only and will require Council approval before implementation. The meeting is free and open to the public. For information regarding this meeting, please contact Loretta McKinney by phone at 760.839.4871 or email at Lmckinney@escondido.org.

 

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