Posts in Category: City of Escondido

Escondido R.O.C.K.S.! Logo Contest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Danielle Lopez, 760-839-4517


The City of Escondido is holding a contest to create a logo for its Escondido R.O.C.K.S! (Recreational  Opportunities for City Kids) initiative which is designed to enhance the quality of life for youth in Escondido, ages 8 to 18, by encouraging them to participate in positive community activities.  This contest is open to all high school students in Escondido. The designer of the logo that best represents Escondido R.O.C.K.S!, will be awarded $250.

Entries must be submitted by email to dmlopez@escondido.org by January 16, 2013. Please include your name, school, grade, and contact information with your submission.   The logo design must contain Escondido R.O.C.K.S! and must be submitted as a scalable vector graphic in EPS format, and/or as a JPEG. The logo will be used online, in print, on marketing materials and other public media. Flexibility is a key requirement, including the ability to resize easily and look good in black and white as well as color. The final version of the logo will need to be suitable for high quality printing.  For a complete list of the official contest rules, please contact Danielle Lopez at dmlopez@escondido.org. The winner will be announced on January 22, 2013. All entries will be displayed at two community events in April: the Escondido R.O.C.K.S! SMART Festival on April 13th and Dia Del Nino on April 27th.

The mission of Escondido R.O.C.K.S!  is to celebrate and promote healthy youth development through community collaborations and to increase youth participation in extracurricular activities. Through our efforts, relationships between service providers will be strengthened and the resources of the partners will be maximized.

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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 now being offered on a quarterly basis on the first Thursday of January, April, July, and October. The next tour will be held on January  3, 2013 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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Escondido Secures First Sponsor of AMGEN Tour of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, 760-8394621

Escondido, Calif. (Dec. 19, 2012)—Escondido city officials announced today they have received a pledge of $50,000 from David and Rebecca Vigil to support local initiatives surrounding the AMGEN Tour of California, considered America’s largest and most prestigious professional road cycling stage race. The City of Escondido, which was selected as the official start location for the 2013 event, will host Stage 1 of the race on Sunday, May 12, 2013.

Mr. Vigil, a 1979 graduate of Escondido High and a Sr. Vice-President at Qualcomm, is a longtime cycling enthusiast and has logged many miles on the same roads AMGEN Tour pros will race. He and his wife Rebecca, a 1978 graduate of San Pasqual High, were major supporters of Escondido’s final stage of the 2009 AMGEN Tour of California. 

In making the announcement, Joyce Masterson, Assistant to the City Manager, said, “We are delighted that Dave and Rebecca Vigil are the first to step up in such dramatic support of the race and we hope they will motivate other community-minded individuals and businesses to recognize the benefits of being a sponsor and supporting this event within the community.”

“I am excited that the roads North County cyclists have known about and been passionately riding for years are going to take center stage at the start of the 2012 AMGEN Tour,” said donor David Vigil. “Cycling can be enjoyed at any age, and I’m proud to support an event that will expose the community to the sport in such a significant way.”

Escondido officials have committed to providing certain city services and race expenses at an estimated cost of approximately $475,000.  Sponsorship packages at a variety of levels are being offered as a way to offset those costs.. Information about sponsorships is available on the city’s website at:  http://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/PDFs/Amgen2013SponsorPacket.pdf   Additional information about the race or volunteer opportunities is available at www.amgen2013escondido.com 

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"Walk 27" in Memory of the Sandy Hook School Victims

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Across the country and around the world, people will be walking for 27 minutes on Friday morning, one minute to honor the memory of each victim of last Friday’s tragic shooting in Newtown, CT. The walk is scheduled begin at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time and all walks will start simultaneously.

A local Walk 27 Escondido open to anyone who wishes to participatewill begin at precisely 6:30 a.m. on Friday, December 21, 2012 in front of Escondido City Hall.  From there, the walk will proceed north along Broadway, then west on Woodward, south on Escondido Blvd, east on Valley Parkway, north at Broadway to once again pass City Hall, and end within Grape Day Park.  Each victim’s name will be read along the way, each followed by one minute of silence.

Participants are asked to wear green and white, Sandy Hook’s school colors. 

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Nominations Sought for 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 improved the quality of life in the community through volunteer service. Nominations now are being solicited for these awards. 

If you know of an Escondido resident who has made a significant impact to the community, please obtain a City Council Awards nomination form by calling the City Manager’s Office (760-839-4631) or you may download a copy from the City’s web site:

http://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/PDFs/CCAwardNominationForm2013.pdf

Categories include, but are not limited to: Arts, Business, Charity, Community Beautification, Diversity, Education, Environment, Heroism, Historic Preservation, and Youth.  The deadline for nomination is 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16, 2013.

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 presentation on Wednesday, February 20, 2013.

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Mr. Scrooge and Mr. Dickens Live Theatre Event in Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact Karen Williams, 760-839-4046

Come see the theatrical production, “Mr. Scrooge & Mr. Dickens,” an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic, “A Christmas Carol” which is sure to be a treat for the entire family. Choose from six exciting shows including two matinee and four evening productions.  The matinee shows will be at 4 pm on Saturday, December 15 and 22.  The evening shows will be at 7 pm on Friday and Saturday, December 14, 15, 21, and 22.  Priced for the entire community, the matinee shows are donation only, and the evening shows are just $7 adults/$5 children under 12 and seniors 60 and older.  All performances will be held at the Park Avenue Community Center (home of Escondido Senior Center), 210 East Park Avenue,  Escondido. Purchase your tickets at Park Avenue Community Center, Escondido City Hall (201 N. Broadway) or the East Valley Community Center (2245 East Valley Parkway).  Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Tickets can be purchased at the door, only if there are still seats available for each performance. 

The play is a faithful adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic "A Christmas Carol" with a fascinating new embellishment: Dickens himself appears onstage to read sections from the work -- primarily passages describing the people and places of Victorian England, an aspect generally lost in adaptations of "A Christmas Carol." The production is further enhanced by carolers, dancers, computer-controlled lighting, music, and powerful sound effects. There will also be a surprise visit by Santa at the end of the show.

For the past several years, the play has been performed to sell-out audiences to benefit several San Diego theater mainstays including Patio Playhouse and the Poway Performing Arts Company.  This year, 100% of the proceeds will benefit children and seniors in Escondido by supplementing the Share a Dream Scholarship Program and the Park Avenue Senior Nutrition Program. For more information please call Park Avenue Community Center at 760--839-4688.

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Portion of Jesmond Dene Park Playground to Close Temporarily

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Antone Oliveira, 760-839-4665

The City of Escondido temporarily will close the northern children's playground at Jesmond Dene Park, 2401 N. Broadway, starting Monday, November 26, 2012 and it will remain closed until Friday, December 7th, 2012.  The closure is necessary to remove silt from the playground area,  re-establish drainage flows and replace the mulch in the playground areas. The southern playground  also will be closed for a short period within this two week period to replace the mulch also. One playground will remain open during park hours.

 

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Learn More about the Asian Citrus Psyllid Pest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The California Department of Food & Agriculture is hosting a second open house in Escondido on Tuesday, Nov. 20, due to another find of the Asian Citrus Psyllid  in the city. If you would like  to learn more about the Asian citrus psyllid pest, HLB disease and the response to the find, please plan to attend the meeting to be held on:

Tuesday, Nov. 20

5:30pm to 7pm

Escondido Public Library

Turrentine Room-2nd Floor

239 South Kalmia Street

Escondido, CA  92025

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Esondido To Study Allowing Food Trucks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The City of Escondido is considering changing the municipal code to allow food trucks to operate in Escondido during special events.  An informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in the Mitchell Room at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway, to solicit  feedback from the public about this issue.

Currently food vending vehicles that serve hot foods prepared in the vehicle are not permitted in the City of Escondido on public or private property. The City has received requests to allow them from food truck owners, special event organizers and the general public.   The City also has heard concerns about the possibility of food trucks negatively impacting existing business, especially “brick and mortar” restaurants.

Following the informational meeting in November, public hearings will be held by the Planning Commission and City Council in early 2013.  For more information, or to voice comments, please visit the city’s website at http://www.escondido.org/food-truck-study.aspx

 

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Escondido Police Chief to Retire in December

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Dick Castle, 760-802-4495 or Sheryl Bennett, 760-839-4589

Escondido city officials reported today that Escondido police Chief has announced his plans to retire at the end of the year. Maher has served with Escondido Police Department for 32 years, and was previously a U.S. Military Marine Corps Police Officer for 4 years.      

 "I have been fortunate to serve the community and the men and women of this department as Chief for the past 6 years. We have an excellent Police Department. I have been honored to lead them as their Police Chief. It is hard to leave, but it is clear to me that it is time to move on, " Chief Maher said.
 
Chief Maher has been on administrative leave since September 12th 2012. A personnel investigation was initiated and the Chief was interviewed as a witness. The investigation is ongoing and further details will not be discussed publicly due to confidentiality rules.

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