Posts in Category: City of Escondido

Escondido and ACLU Reach Agreement on Checkpoint Protests

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Lt. Tom Albergo, 760-839-4901

Escondido City Manager Clay Phillips announced today that an agreement has been reached with the ACLU regarding the public’s expression of their First Amendment Rights to object or support daytime and nighttime checkpoints. Under the agreement the operational area of daytime checkpoints will not include any portion of a public sidewalk normally accessible to pedestrians, unless the checkpoint is conducted in a location where it is necessary to close a portion of sidewalk to create a distance of 15 feet between the public and the officers conducting the screening.  Night time checkpoints that require additional equipment, such as generators, and lights may involve the closure of sidewalks as part of the operational area. 

Commenting on the announcement, Acting Police Chief Cory Moles stated, “This agreement allows the Escondido Police Department  to continue with our traffic checkpoints to ensure community safety, while also protecting the First Amendment Rights of our citizens.”

The agreement allows the Escondido Police Department (EPD) to continue controlling and closing areas normally open to the public in the event of a police investigation, pursuit, or other emergency or exigent circumstances that occur during the course of a traffic checkpoint.  The agreement also allows EPD to continue having the ability to conduct traffic safety checkpoints, both during the day and at night.  Nothing in the agreement prohibits any police officer from making a lawful and constitutional stop or arrest.  The agreement further states that if EPD allows members of the press to enter an operational area the individual plaintiffs must be provided equivalent access for a tour, but such access is limited to one time per location and will not exceed 15 minutes per tour.  The City has agreed to reimburse ACLU attorney fees of $7,300.

On May 24, 2012, the City of Escondido was served with a complaint filed in Federal District Court by lawyers for the ACLU, which alleged that on three separate occasions the Escondido police officers and California Highway Patrol officers infringed upon Plaintiffs’ First Amendment Rights to free speech by prohibiting protesting activities at checkpoints conducted in the City of Escondido.  The Plaintiffs sought monetary damages as well as an injunction prohibiting the City and CHP from further infringing upon their rights to free speech. 

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Backyard Citrus Threatened by Devastating Disease

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

In March 2012, Huanglongbing (HLB), a plant disease considered a death sentence for California citrus, was discovered in Los Angeles, putting homeowners on high alert. While not harmful to humans or pets, once a citrus tree is infected with HLB, there is no cure and it will die. The disease can be spread by a pest called the Asian citrus psyllid, and the pest has been found near the city of Escondido. The best way to protect citrus trees from the disease is to control the psyllid population. Help protect your backyard citrus trees by:

  • Inspecting citrus trees for signs of the pest and disease each month or whenever watering, spraying, pruning or tending trees.
  • Calling the California Department of Food & Agriculture hotline at 1-800-491-1899 if any suspicious pests or symptoms of HLB are found. 
  • Not bringing any plant material into California from other states or countries and not moving citrus plants out of quarantined areas, because they might be carrying psyllids or be infected with HLB.
  • Only buying citrus trees from reputable, licensed California nurseries.
  • Drying or double bagging plant clippings before placing in green waste recycle bins to avoid moving psyllids and HLB-infected plant material.
  • Cooperating with agriculture officials on detection and suppression efforts of the Asian citrus psyllid and HLB.

 For more information and to find out what to look for, visit www.CaliforniaCitrusThreat.org.

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Voter Registration Deadline Approaching

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Diane Halverson, 760-839-4617

Escondido City Clerk Diane Halverson reminds residents that Monday, October 22 is the last day to register to vote in the General Election to be held November 6, 2012.

City Hall will remain open until midnight on Monday, October 22 to accept voter registration cards.  During regular business hours, you may register at the City Clerk’s Office.  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, October 22.

 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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Nighttime Street Paving of Grand Avenue

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Beginning Monday, October 15 through Thursday, October 18, 2012, eastbound and westbound Grand Avenue from Maple Street to Centre City Parkway will be closed from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. for street repaving.  The street will be open during the daytime hours.

The work will be performed by George Weir Asphalt and is being done at night to minimize the impact on the surrounding business area.

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Free Public Tours of City Hall and Police & Fire Headquarters

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 October 4, 2012 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 of the Police and Fire Headquarters, 1163 N. Centre City Parkway, are available by appointment. Please contact Community Service Officer Roberta Akans at 760-839-4961 or rakans@escondido.org

School groups wishing to tour City Hall may arrange to do so by contacting the Community Services Department at 760-839-4691.

 

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Traffic Advisory for Sheridan Avenue

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Neil Greenwood, 760-839-4078

Motorists are advised that Sheridan Avenue, between Conway and Esperanza Streets, will be closed effective September 19, 2012 through October 15, 2012 due to a water line replacement project.

Persons with questions or comments, may contact the Utilities Division at 760-839-4078.

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Traffic Safety Checkpoints to Continue

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

In response to unfounded and untrue public comments about Escondido’s traffic safety checkpoints, Escondido Mayor Sam Abed issued the following statement:

 “Let me assure you that Police Department programs and policies, including checkpoints, will not only continue to be maintained, but they will be strengthened. They are City Council policies that are carried out by our City Manager through the Police Department.”

The Police Chief was placed on paid administrative leave to protect the integrity of a personnel review process and is unrelated to the Police Department’s established policies.

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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, September 19, 2012 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

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

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Habitat Restoration at Kit Carson Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Restoration of wetland habitat near Sand Lake in Kit Carson Park will begin on Monday, September 17, 2012.  Through October, the contractor, Southland Paving, will remove 35,000 cubic yards of dirt and grade the site. Irrigation lines and new landscaping will be installed between November 2012 through February 2013. Park users should expect construction traffic and trail closures during the entire project. 

The work is required as a condition of permits from federal and state agencies to mitigate for impacts to sensitive habitats affected by work to be done along the sewer outfall, which runs from the Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility in Escondido to San Elijo Lagoon in Encinitas.

For additional information, please contact Utilities at 760-839-4078.

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GRAND OPENING OF MAPLE STREET PEDESTRIAN PLAZA

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The City of Escondido will hold a grand opening celebration of the Maple Street Pedestrian Plaza on Friday, September 7, 2012.  A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Plaza, located on Maple Street between Grand Avenue and Valley Parkway. There also will be musical entertainment by the Platte River Band, as well as the crowning of Dick and Ann Lievers as the King and Queen of the Grape Day Festival which will be held the next day, September 8 at Grape Day Park.

The Maple Street Pedestrian Plaza offers a destination for people of all ages to sit and relax, visit local businesses or engage with members of the community in a vibrant public space.  The street has been constructed as a “festival street”, with a single, one-way lane from south to north, with no curbs or on-street parking.  Through the use of removable bollards, the street can be closed to car traffic for special events making the block a people place.  The project also features decorative paving, distinctive landscaping and artwork, dramatic LED lighting, interactive water feature, and two large gateway structures at each end of the project. The Maple Street Plaza will also provide a pedestrian-friendly connection between Grand Avenue and City Hall, the California Center for the Arts Escondido, and Grape Day Park.

 

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