Posts in Category: City of Escondido

Night Time Work at Valley Pkwy & Maple

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Over the next several weeks construction on the Maple Street Pedestrian Plaza will take place at night in order to minimize daytime traffic congestion on Valley Parkway between Broadway and Escondido Boulevard.  As a result the following lane closures will occur:

  • Starting Sunday night, 4.22.12 through 4.27.12, from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., west bound Valley Parkway from Broadway to Maple will have two lanes on the north side of the street closed.  One lane on the south side will remain open. 
  • The following Monday, 4.30.12 to 5.4.12, from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., west bound Valley from Broadway to Maple will have two lanes on the south side closed and one lane on the north side will remain open.

 In order to accommodate Crusin’ Grand, work on Friday nights will not start until 9:00 p.m.

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Charter City Public Hearing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The Escondido City Council will hold the first of two Public Hearings on the proposed Charter City ballot measure on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at the 4:30 p.m. City Council meeting. A copy of the draft charter may be found on the City’s website at http://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/PDFs/CC_Proposal.PDF

The Escondido City Council currently plans to place a charter city proposal on the November 2012 ballot to change the governing system from a general law city to a charter city.  In California, there are two kinds of cities: charter cities and general law cities. Of the 477 cities in the state, 105 are chartered. Both kinds of cities have broad powers and enjoy considerable freedom in the form of government, which may be established, and the types of activities in which they may engage.

A general law city operates within the parameters of California municipal law. The advantage of a general law city is that general state laws have been subjected to judicial scrutiny and tested over the years, so there is relatively little confusion about their application. A charter city is defined by the city's own charter  rather than by state, regional or national laws. An advantage of a charter city is that its powers are not restricted to only those outlined in the general state municipal law, so a city can tailor its organization to provide for unique local conditions and needs.

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OTS Traffic Safety Rankings

 

OTS TRAFFIC SAFETY RANKINGS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

In response to the 2010 California Office of Traffic Safety ranking of cities in which Escondido fared well in some categories, but poorly in others, City Manager Clay Phillips released the following statement, “Improving traffic safety is a high priority for Escondido.  We’ve made progress over the past five years and the actual number of incidents has significantly declined in several categories since 2005.”  Mr. Phillips further noted, “Our emphasis on DUI enforcement has been particularly effective, resulting in our consistently receiving some of the best scores possible.  However, we still aren’t where we would like to be in the overall rankings and we will continue to do all we can to improve traffic safety in Escondido.”

 The OTS Rankings were developed so that individual cities could compare their city’s traffic safety statistics to those of other cities with similar-sized populations. To view the OTS traffic safety rankings visit: http://www.ots.ca.gov/Media_and_Research/Rankings/default.asp

 

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April Pools Day is this Saturday April 7

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Nicole White
Phone: (760) 839-4204

Kick off National Drowning Prevention Month with Escondido Recreation on Saturday, April 7 with "April Pools Day.”  All ages are invited to attend this FREE community safety event from 9 AM – 12 PM at Washington Park Pool, located at 501 N Rose Street in Escondido. 

Participants will learn how to be safe in and around water through a variety of activities aimed at teaching water safety.  Events will include a FREE swim lesson, swim with a Navy Seal, and other lifesaving techniques.  Escondido Lifeguards and Fire Department will be on-site to demonstrate a real-time water rescue.  There will also be a safety fair, where participants can gather tons of helpful pool safety tips and beneficial information!

You will not want to miss "April Pools Day!"  The event will conclude with an in water egg hunt for the kids!  Don't be late, the event starts promptly at 9 AM and space is limited.  For more information contact 760-839-4204.

Towing Fees Report and City Manager's Statement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson

Towing Fees Review

Statement from the City Manager 

In response to media inquiries about the Escondido Finance Department’s report on the Police Department’s Towing fees, Escondido City Manager Clay Phillips, issued the following statement:

“The report supports the belief that the Police Department was correct in the way they have been assessing the towing fees.  However, it does reveal that the fees should be reviewed on an annual basis and we will do so.”

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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 first tour will be held on April 5, 2012 and will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the City Hall lobby. 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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Update on Chemical Spill at Water Treatment Plant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Joyce Masaterson, 760-839-4621

 The cleanup of Monday’s chemical spill at the Escondido Water Treatment Plant continues and has been divided into two phases.  The first phase, which involved the removal of approximately 20,000 gallons of sodium hydroxide released into a containment area, as well as the removal of the remaining solution left in the failed tanks, has been completed. This work was performed by NRC Environmental Services. 

 The second phase involves the cleanup of the spill that traveled down an adjacent hillside by the Charros Horse Arena. Remediation has begun and includes the removal of dirt and plants done under the supervision of a certified biologist.  This remediation plan was developed collaboratively by the City of Escondido, County HazMat, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and NRC Environmental Services. The affected area has been cordoned off and signs posted advising people not to enter the area.

The cause of the spill appears to be a breach in the tank and a representative of the manufacturer has been invited to inspect the tank.

 

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Chemical Spill at Water Treatment Plant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Monday, March 26, a tank failure at the Escondido Water Treatment Plant caused the accidental release of 15,000 gallons of  a 20% solution of sodium hydroxide, also known as caustic soda.  The liquid traveled down a paved roadway and then onto a dirt area where it has been contained.  The spill did not affect the city’s drinking water supply in any way, nor were there were any injuries or any need for evacuation of the surrounding area.  The San Diego County HazMat Team is working with Escondido officials to develop a remediation plan for the affected area.

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Traffic Advisory for Nordahl Bridge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Motorists are advised that traffic will be shifted to the west side of the bridge to prepare

for the demolition of the east side of the bridge. This shift is scheduled to be in place the

morning of Tuesday, March 13.

 

The lanes on the bridge will be stripped to reflect this traffic shift to allow two lanes in

each direction and one left-hand turning lane. Please use caution driving through the

area and be aware that:

 - the bridge’s lanes will be narrower

- one of the two left turn pockets from the bridge to SR 78 will be temporarily removed

- one of the two left turn lanes from northbound Nordahl Road to the shopping center at

  Montiel Road will be temporarily removed

- all of the bridge’s on and off ramps will be reduced to one lane

 

In addition to this traffic shift, pedestrians and bicyclists will have access on a temporary pedestrian bridge and will not travel on the existing Nordahl Bridge.

 For construction updates, questions and road closure information, log-on to KeepSanDiegoMoving.com or call the Interstate 15 Project Information Hotline at (866) 890-1397.

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