Posts in Category: City of Escondido

Community Meeting to Discuss Escondido Creek Trail Master Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Dan Hippert, (760) 839-6328

On Wednesday, July 20, 2011 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the City of Escondido will host a community meeting to receive public feedback regarding the development of a master plan for the Escondido Creek Trail.  The meeting will take place in the Mitchell Room at Escondido City Hall located at 201 North Broadway.

 The City of Escondido received a Healthy Communities Planning Grant to develop a master plan for the Escondido Creek Trail from SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments) as part of Healthy WorksSM, a countywide initiative making systems and environmental changes promoting wellness and addressing the nationwide obesity epidemic.  Healthy WorksSM, administered by the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, is funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the County of San Diego.

The goal of the master plan is to revitalize the trail so it becomes a safe, attractive destination, fostering healthy lifestyles by providing opportunities for physical fitness activities, commuting alternatives and increased access to healthy food.

The master plan will focus on a segment of trail approximately six miles long from the Escondido Transit Center to the Daley Ranch conservation area and could include amenities such as new trail connections and pedestrian bridges, safer street crossings, better signage, community gardens, and improved landscaping.  The plan will build on the goals set forth in the “Revealing Escondido Creek” vision plan completed in April 2011. The vision plan is available at the Escondido Public Library and online at:

http://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/Neighborhood/RevealingEscondidoCreek.pdf

All community members are invited to participate in this important brainstorming session.  For more information contact Dan Hippert, Program Administrator at (760) 839-6328 or dhippert@escondido.org .

###

Ribbon Cutting for Grand Avenue/Mercado Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact: Robert Zaino, 760-839-4664

Escondido city officials announce that a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of the Grand Avenue/Mercado Project will be held on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. on Grand Avenue and Pine Street.  Escondido Mayor Sam Abed and members of the City Council will participate, along with representatives from the Mercado Association and the contractor, Dick Miller Construction, Inc.  Immediately following the ceremony, the Mercado Association will host a brunch to thank the construction crews and dignitaries involved with the project.

The Grand Avenue/Mercado Project consists of improvements both within the block between Quince Street and Pine Street as well as pedestrian lighting and street trees in the downtown area from Centre City Parkway to Maple Street and from Juniper Street to Valley Boulevard.  The improvements on Grand Avenue between Quince Street and Pine Street include new paving, curb, gutter, storm drain system, sidewalk, new traffic signal at Grand Avenue and Quince Street, street trees with grates, pedestrian lights, string lights, colored concrete, paver stones, irrigation, landscaping with lighting, seating areas with benches and urn fountains.       

The final cost of the total project was $2.25 million.  Funding for the project includes a $1,320,000 Smart Growth Incentive Program Grant from Sandag as well as Gas Tax, Traffic Impact Fee and Prop 42 funding. 

###

 

Daley Ranch Shuttle To Be Discontinued

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-5621

The Daley Ranch Shuttle will be temporarily discontinued effective July 1, 2011 until a new provider of that service can be found. The current provider, Redwood Senior Homes &  Services, has decided not to renew its contract which expires on June 30, 2011.

Since private motorized vehicles are not permitted within Daley Ranch, the City had been providing the free shuttle service, which ran every Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The shuttle picked up passengers at the La Honda Drive entrance gate on the half-hour and on the hour, and picked up passengers at the Ranch House for the return trip on the quarter hour.

 ###

Escondido Town Hall Meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido Mayor Sam Abed will hold a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. in the Mitchell Room at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway.  The purpose of the meeting is to address any questions or concerns citizens may have on any topic relating to local government. The event is free and no reservations are required.

The meeting will begin with a brief overview of city services by Departments Heads, followed by an open question and answer period.

###

City Goes Live With Online Video Tourbook

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Visitors, businesses and residents interested in taking a virtual tour of Escondido can now do so from the City of Escondido’s official Web site at www.escondido.org

Featured in the City’s newly launched “Video Tourbook” are 10 one-minute professionally produced videos covering a range of topics.   In addition to a welcome message by Mayor Sam Abed, the collection includes videos highlighting Escondido’s arts and entertainment offerings, restaurants, real estate and historic downtown.  The community video site also features the logos and videos of local businesses who have signed on as sponsors of the program.

Escondido’s Video Tourbook is made possible through a partnership with CGI Communications, an internet marketing company headquartered in Rochester, NY.  CGI worked closely with City of Escondido staff to produce the community videos, and the program is offered at no cost to the City.

###

New On-line Option for Water Bill Payment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Gil Rojas, 760-839-4322

In response to customer feedback, the City of Escondido is pleased to announce that it has implemented a new on-line bill payment option for City water customers. Customers can save time and money with this option by no longer having to travel to City Hall to pay their bill or by saving a stamp. All customers with access to a computer will be able to pay their bill through the new secure on-line system using a credit card. There is no additional fee for this option and customers are able to pay with Visa and MasterCard or with debit cards with a Visa or MasterCard logo.

City water customers can access the on-line payment option by visiting the City of Escondido’s official website at www.escondido.org and clicking the link that can be found on the City’s homepage or in the Utility Billing section. Customers will need their 10 digit account number and their assigned pin which can be found on their bill.

The on-line payment option can be accessed Monday through Friday from 3am to 11pm and all day Saturday and Sunday. The system will be down for maintenance on Wednesdays from 6:00 am to 6:15 am. Payments made before 4:00 pm on a business day will post the same day and payments made after 4:00 pm will be posted the next business day. Business days are Monday through Thursday with the exception of legal holidays.

Customers still have the option to pay by mail, pay in person, and use the auto pay service. If you have questions about paying your water bill, please contact one of our friendly customer service representatives in the Utility Billing Department at 760-839-4682.

Clarification About City Consultant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido City Manager Clay Phillips announced today that there was no truth to the assertion made at the March 16, 2011 City Council meeting that Charles Black, a consultant representing the City of Escondido in minor league ballpark negotiations with the Moorad Group, was a current member of the Padres’ Board of Directors. The assertion appears to have been based on erroneous information found on the Bloomberg Businessweek website.

City officials noted that Charles Black, of C.B. Urban Development, was chosen to assist Escondido with its ballpark negotiations because of his years of experience in the development of Petco Park and other municipal projects, including the San Diego Civic Center and the Convention Center expansion.

Mr. Black had been member of the San Diego Padres Board of Directors prior to 2005. He was formerly president of the Padres and had responsibility for the development of Petco Park. In late 2002 he left the Padres and was employed by JMI (John Moores Interest) with responsibility for developing the ballpark district in San Diego. He continued in that role until early 2006 and then became regional manager for the Irvine Company, LLC.

The City is in negotiations with Jeff Moorad to build a Triple A ballpark in Escondido. Mr. Moorad was not affiliated with the San Diego Padres during Mr. Black’s association with the Padres.

###