Posts in Category: City of Escondido

Queen Califia's Magical Circle Open This Saturday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          

CONTACT: Kristina Owens, 760-839-4519                                                       




Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public this Saturday July 9, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Queen Califia docents will be on site to answer questions. 

Queen Califia's Magical Circle is the only American sculpture garden and the last major international project created by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002). Inspired by California's mythic, historic, and cultural roots, the garden consists of nine large-scale sculptures, a circular "snake wall" and maze entryway, sculpturally integrated bench seating and native shrubs and trees planted within the interior plaza and along the outer perimeter. The garden bears the brilliant, unique mosaic ornamentation that is an unmistakable part of de Saint Phalle's later work. Complete restoration of the exhibit is underway and will continue for the next several months.

Photo courtesy of Kurt Lightfoot


Update on Fire At Talone's


CONTACT: Rick Vogt, 760-839-5402

The Escondido Fire Department reports that the fire at the former Talone’s Meat Market at 559 N. Hale Avenue has been controlled.  City Building officials have “red tagged” the building, declaring it to be unstable and extremely dangerous for anyone to enter. The primary concern for the scene now is safety and the property has been secured by the owner. An emergency demolition permit has been issued to the property owner and the work is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, July 5.


The cause of the fire is still under investigation. There is no estimate as to when the investigation will be completed.


Update on Fire at Abandoned Building


CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido Fire officials are continuing to mop up after this morning’s fire at the abandoned Talone’s Meat Market at 559 N. Hale Avenue in Escondido.  Power has been restored to the affected area.  The Sprinter will be reopening shortly.  A short section of Hale Avenue will remain closed between the railroad tracks and Tulip Street as the mop up continues.

The Police Department is optimistic that several trespassers who were feared to have been trapped in the building managed to escape, based on reported sightings of them.  Fire officials will conduct a search on Friday to confirm no other persons were in the building. Until the structural integrity of the building is assured and the remaining hot spots are extinguished, no one will be permitted to enter the building.

Escondido Fire was supported by neighboring fire agencies from Carlsbad, Deer Springs, Oceanside, San Diego, San Marcos, Valley Center, and Vista. At the peak of the fire, over 96 firefighters were on scene.


Fire at Abandoned Building


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Fire broke out this morning at the abandoned Talone’s Meat Market at 559 N. Hale Avenue in Escondido.  The Escondido Fire Department was dispatched at 8:52 a.m. and found the fire had already broken through the roof.  The four-alarm fire is still active and officials expect to remain on scene for at least another five hours.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area due to numerous road closures in the vicinity. The Sprinter Light Rail has been shut down between the Escondido Transit Center and the Nordahl Station.  North County Transit District is providing bus services for customers between those two stations.  San Diego Gas and Electric has also shut down power in the area which is affecting businesses located on Hale Avenue between Metcalf Avenue and Auto Park Way and from Hale Avenue south to Valley Parkway.

It is too early to determine the cause of the fire, but an investigation will get underway once it is safe for fire fighters to enter the building.


MLB to Dedicate New Baseball Diamond in Escondido


CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Major League Baseball and the San Diego Padres Foundation will hold a dedication ceremony for a new baseball diamond at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego - Conrad Prebys Branch (115 Woodward Avenue) on July 9, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

This site was chosen by MLB as a 2016 All-Star Community Legacy project. An existing parking lot and green space has been transformed into a multi-purpose baseball diamond complete with manual scoreboard, moveable fences and a large shade structure.

Escondido Mayor Sam Abed, who will participate in the dedication ceremony, expressed appreciation for the legacy project, noting, “Thanks to the generosity of MLB and the Padres, countless children in our community will have the chance to realize their dreams both on and off the field.”

“This project would not be possible without the long-term partnership between the City of Escondido and the Boys & Girls Club. We are grateful for the support of a caring community,” said BGCGSD President/CEO Danny Sherlock.

The 2016 All-Star Legacy initiative includes community improvement projects designed to leave a lasting impact throughout Greater San Diego. The charitable program is done in tandem with the upcoming 87th MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard on Tuesday, July 12th. The initiative is made possible by the donation of nearly $5 million toward these local projects that support youth or veterans, as well as to national charitable organizations.


City Pools Closed on July 4th


CONTACT: Micaela Doucette, 760-839-4530

Washington Park Pool and James A. Stone Pool will be closed on Monday, July 4, 2016 in observance of Independence Day. Open Swim times will resume on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at Washington Park Pool.

Open Swim Hours for the 2016 Season are as follows:

James Stone Pool - 131 West Woodward Ave

Begins June 11 through August 21

Saturdays 2-6 pm and Sundays 12-4 pm


Washington Park Pool - 501 North Rose Street

Begins June 11 through August 21

Mondays - Thursdays 1-3 pm

Fridays 1-4 pm

Saturdays 2-6 pm

Sundays 12-4 pm


For more information please call 760-839-4691 or visit


Temporary Road Closure


CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621


Due to the installation of new utilities and surface improvements, the City of Escondido advises motorists of the following road closure:


  • The north bound lane of Ash Street from Vista Ave. to Lehner Ave. will be closed now  through Thursday, July 15, 2016.  However, the south bound lane in this section will remain open at all times.


Detour signs will be posted and all work will be performed between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. These improvements are being done by contractors for nearby housing construction projects that are currently underway. The work is being done during the summer months to lessen the impact on neighboring resident and schools which are on summer recess.


Persons with questions or comments about the work on northbound Ash may contact City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspector Ricardo Cervantes  at 760-807-1109.


July 4, 2016 Independence Day Festival & Fireworks


CONTACT: Stephany Farley, 760-839-4186

Escondido’s annual Independence Day Festival & Fireworks has become a North County tradition, and for good reason. Each year, 25,000 festival-goers converge on the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (The Center) at Grape Day Park for the holiday festivities. The event is back for its 53rd year on Monday, July 4, 2016 with rockin’ live music, tasty treats, and games for all.


The day will commence with a special presentation by Escondido’s American Legion Post 149, VFW Post 1513, and DAV Chapter 70. This program honoring our nation’s veterans has begun the day’s festivities for many years.  Once again, the Center’s National Anthem Singing Competition will discover a local singer whose rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” will be kicking off the day’s events.


Taking the stage after the American Legion is rockin’ live Latin music by the Manny Cepeda Orchestra Quartet.  Next up is Hawaiin music by Ke’Ahi, and a hula performance by Halau Hula O Makalani Na Pilialoha. Lastly, The Jonathan Lee Band will offer a unique mixture of country and classic rock. After key words from the Center’s Executive Director Jerry VanLeeuwen and Escondido Mayor Sam Abed, the crowd will be treated to the music of Camp Pendleton’s finest musicians, the 1st Marine Division Band, who will lead us into a dazzling fireworks display.


Throughout the festival, a wealth of other activities will be going on around the Center’s campus.  The event’s Fun & Games area will be located behind the Center’s Museum. Free arts and crafts, face painting, and more—coordinated by the Center’s Education Department—will take place from 4:00-8:00pm. Additionally, Escondido Recreation will be holding a number of contests in the same area. Their Watermelon Eating Contest, always a crowd favorite, is open to children, teens, and adults, and will take place from 5:30-6:30pm. Festival-goers can also visit the Escondido History Center, which will be free and open to the public from 4:00-7:00pm on July 4th. The YMCA Baton Twirlers, will take to the Depot Stage closer to dark (7:30-8:00pm) to showcase their amazing talents and flaming batons.  As always, a number of food vendors will be offering tasty treats for purchase throughout the day.   

As a special treat this year, the Center’s Museum will be open from 4:00-8:00pm with FREE admission to our two current exhibitions:  My Hero: Contemporary Art & Superhero Action and Unlocking Wonderland: The Exhibit.  As part of this exciting exhibition, the Center will be hosting meet-and-greets with Alice, the Mad Hatter, Captain America, and Wonder Woman in our Fun & Games area from 4:30-8:00pm.


This event, with all of its music, art, and activities would not be possible without the generosity of its sponsors. The Linden Root Dickinson Foundation and the City of Escondido contributed to the success of this community celebration. The festival takes place on Monday, July 4, 2016 from 4:00-9:30PM. Please visit for the full event schedule and details.      


About The California Center for the Arts, Escondido

With a mission of bringing people together to discover, create and celebrate both the visual and performing arts, The Center is the cultural center of North San Diego County. The Center's unique campus includes a 1,523-seat concert hall, a 404-seat theater, a contemporary art museum, art and dance studios, and a full-service conference center with meeting and banquet facilities. The Center also runs an extensive education program and produces free community events, such as the Jazz Jam Sessions, Holiday Tree Lighting, Día de los Muertos, Independence Day, and First Wednesdays performances.


The Center is located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd. in Escondido. The Ticket Office can be reached at (800) 988-4253. Tickets can also be purchased online. To learn more, including performance dates, times and ticket information, visit


Connect with the Center on Facebook at or follow @theCCAE on Twitter.




Partial Lane Closures


CONTACT: Randy Manns, 760-839-6290, ext. 7031

Due to the installation of new recycled water pipelines, the City of Escondido advises motorists that on Friday, June 10th, the final grind and cap pavement work on the north side of the Escondido Creek Channel for Broadway, Juniper St., Hickory St., Fig St., Harding St., Rose St. and Midway Dr.  will be completed.  The work will require partial lane closures across the streets between Washington Avenue  and Valley Parkway during normal working hours 8 a.m. to 4 p.m..  At this time it is anticipated that all paving work will be completed on the same day, Friday, June 10th.


Persons with questions or comments may contact Greg Gomez, MBI, Resident Engineer at (760) 902-7249, Mark Lewis, City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspector II, at 760-807-1121 or Wayne Papac, MBI Project Construction Manager at 619-247-7828.


The new pipes are part of the City’s Recycled Water Easterly Main Extension Project which will deliver reclaimed water to eastern Escondido.


Tree Trimming in Kit Carson Park


CONTACT: Andy Villalobos, 760-839-4362

Trees in Kit Carson Park will be pruned during the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. beginning Monday, June 13 through Friday, June 17. Park users are advised that during that week there will be intermittent park road closures, as needed, along the main through road from Las Palmas south to Bear Valley Parkway near the adult softball fields.   The best access into the park will be the entrance at Mary Lane.


The contractor for this project is West Coast Arborists.