Posts in Category: City of Escondido

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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Tempoary Closure of Washington Avenue

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621 

Washington Avenue between Juniper and Broadway in Escondido will be closed beginning  Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. until approximately 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 22,  2013  to complete emergency pavement repairs resulting from a recent water main break.

Traffic control and detour signage will be placed to assist motorists around the construction area. As always with work of this nature, unanticipated problems may delay the completion of the work. Motorists are advised to choose alternate routes and to avoid the area if possible during the scheduled construction.

City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspectors will be onsite during the construction. Should a need arise to report a problem the following City staff can be contacted during the hours indicated:

Kevin Brickley            760-855-6129           From 8:00 p.m. to 1:00am

Colin Kemper            760-216-3917           From 1:00 a.m. to Completion

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Escondido Town Hall Meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido Mayor Sam Abed will hold a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway. Residents are 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, as well as being available in the online archive at www.escondido.org .

This is the sixth town hall meeting Mayor Abed has held since his election as Mayor.

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El Caballo Master Plan Project Underway

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Loretta McKinney, 760-839-4871

The City of Escondido recently contracted with Tim Smith, President of Wynn-Smith Landscape Architecture, Inc. to work with the community and City staff to develop the master plan for the proposed El Caballo Park; a potential new equestrian-oriented public recreational facility.  The master plan will solidify a vision for the appropriate development and recreational use of the future   park and guide the City’s plans for future civic investment. The site, located at 3410 Valley Center Road is owned by the City of Escondido. Smith will conduct three meetings with the community to share information about the master plan process, timeline and project concepts. Meeting participants will have an opportunity to ask questions about the project and share their ideas regarding the activities in, and uses of the future park. The schedule of the meetings, which will all be held at the East Valley Community Center at 2245 East Valley Parkway, is:

Saturday, September 21, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 10, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 14, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

A special site visit will be held on Saturday, September 21, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the proposed El Caballo Park site, at 3410 Valley Center Road.

Library and Community Services Director Loretta McKinney, said,  “The goal for the master plan is to create a vision for the future park  to be a public facility that accommodates equestrian-oriented activities, incorporating unique facilities and services that benefit the entire community while preserving the natural beauty of the area. It is important for Smith and the City to hear the valuable input and concerns of the community in order to create an appropriate plan, to develop the property in the future as funding becomes available.” For information regarding the El Caballo Park Master Plan, call Loretta McKinney at 760-839-4871.

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Escondido Police Chief Selected

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621 

Escondido City Manager Clay Phillips announced today that Police Captain Craig Carter has been promoted to the position of Police Chief effective immediately.

In making this announcement, City Manager Clay Phillips noted, “The rigorous selection process we followed included highly qualified raters from cities in San Diego and Riverside Counties whose independent assessment confirmed my thinking. Craig has distinguished himself during his career with the Escondido Police Department.  He will be an excellent Police Chief and will provide stability to the City’s and the Police Department’s working relationships with businesses, schools and community groups.” 

Craig Carter has worked for the Escondido Police Department since 1992 when he was hired as a Police Officer Trainee after previously serving as a Reserve Police Officer. He has risen through the ranks serving as Police Officer until he was promoted to Sergeant in 1998.   In January 2005 he was promoted to Lieutenant and then to the position of Police Captain in March 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Bellevue University. 

Commenting on the announcement, Police Officer Mike Garcia, President of the Escondido Police Officers Association said, “On behalf of the Board of Directors and the entire Association membership, I extend our most sincere congratulations to Craig Carter on his promotion to Chief of Police. We are very excited to work, not only with Chief Carter, but Captains Benton and Loarie as we lead the department forward into the future. As President of the Association, I firmly believe the community and the department will prosper under the professional leadership of Chief Carter and his team.”

A badge pinning ceremony will take place at the August 28, 2013 City Council meeting at 4:30 p.m.

His salary will be $160,550.

 

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