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Towing Fees Report and City Manager's Statement


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.”


Free Public Tours of City Hall


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.


Update on Chemical Spill at Water Treatment Plant


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.





Chemical Spill at Water Treatment Plant


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.


Traffic Advisory for Nordahl Bridge


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 or call the Interstate 15 Project Information Hotline at (866) 890-1397.



Informational Meeting on Proposed Water Distribution Facility


Contact:Christopher W. McKinney, 760-839-4090

The Escondido Utilities Department will hold a public informational meeting on March 15, 2012 about the proposed Water Distribution facility near Mayflower Dog Park.  The meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the Grove Room at the East Valley Community Center, 2245 East Valley Parkway. 

The format of the meeting will be a variety of informational displays and city staff will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.


Traffic Advisory for North Broadway Due to Sinkhole


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido city officials are advising motorists to avoid North Broadway near Escondido High School (1535 N. Broadway) due to emergency road repairs caused by a sinkhole in the center of the road.  Travel lanes will be reduced to just one lane both northbound and southbound.  The repairs are expected to take 2-3 days.

 The sinkhole was discovered by Escondido Water Division personnel late yesterday and metal plates were installed until repairs could begin. It is approximately 5 feet wide by 8 feet deep and was caused by a collapsed storm drain that runs under the road.


Community Workshop to Discuss General Plan Update

Escondido is updating its General Plan and Downtown Specific Plan, as well as developing a Climate Action Plan. These documents will establish goals and policies regarding the city’s future. Public input continues to be a very important part of the process. Our first Community Workshop was held on February 16, 2012.  Please join us at our second workshop and share with us your thoughts about the planning efforts to date.

Tues., March 6, 2012

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

City Hall Mitchell Room

201 N. Broadway

Escondido, CA 92025

If you can’t attend the workshop but would like to provide input, and/or to view the Draft General Plan, Draft Downtown Specific Plan, Draft Climate Action Plan, and Draft Environmental Impact Report, go to the following Web site, or call Jay Petrek at (760) 839-4556.

If you belong to a community organization and would like a member of the Planning Division to discuss the General Plan at your meeting(s) call Jay Petrek at the phone number above.

If you need special assistance to participate in this meeting, please contact our ADA Coordinator at (760) 839-4869.  Notification 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the City to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility.
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Construction to begin on Maple Street Plaza


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Construction will begin on the Maple Street Pedestrian Plaza in downtown Escondido beginning Monday, February 27, 2012.  During construction Maple Street between Grand Avenue and Valley Parkway will be closed to thru traffic except for the bank entry on Maple.   The alley crossing also will be closed. Pedestrian traffic will be allowed.

The project includes decorative concrete pavers, colored LED lighting, a large central oak tree with compass rose, water feature, numerous art features, trellis gateway and a traffic signal at West Valley parkway and Maple. A new alley access will be constructed from the existing public lot to the alley at the south west corner.  When the project is completed Maple will be a north bound lane only and no parking will be allowed on Maple Street.

The contractor is LB Civil and the project is expected to be completed in August 2012.