Posts in Category: City of Escondido

Temporary Road Closures

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kevin Brickley, 760-839-4664

 

The City of Escondido advises motorists of the following temporary road closures:

  • North bound Ash St. from Lehner Ave. to Stanley Ave. will be temporarily closed from March 21 to March 25, 2016
  • South bound Ash St. from Stanley Ave. to Lehner Ave. will be temporarily closed from March 28 to April 1, 2016

Detour signs will be posted during the closure.

 

The road closures are due to new road surface improvements being made by Lennar Homes as part of the new Pradera Project. The work has been scheduled to coincide with Rincon Middle School’s Spring recess to minimize the inconvenience to motorists.  The road is expected to be completely reopened with all detours removed by April 2, 2016.

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New Assistant City Manager Appointed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

 

Escondido City Manager Graham Mitchell announced today that Jay Petrek, current Director of Community Development, has been appointed as the Assistant City Manager effective March 27, 2016.

 

Mr. Petrek has been employed by the City of Escondido since 1984.  He currently serves as the Director of Community Development, a position he has held since October 2015. Prior to that he has held the positions of Assistant Planning Director and Principal Planner. During his long tenure, Jay has overseen numerous projects including the development of three General Plan updates, the Downtown Specific Plan update, Climate Action Plan, large annexations, and several master plan communities.

 

Mr. Petrek holds a Bachelor of Science degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.  He is also a member of the San Marcos Unified School District Board of Trustees, which serves portions of Escondido.

 

In making the announcement City Manager Graham Mitchell noted, “Jay knows and loves our community.  As the author of the City’s General Plan and work on various specific plans, he has attended over seventy community meetings, getting to know the residents, businesses and culture of Escondido.  Also, I believe that Jay will be a tremendous asset in overseeing the completion of the thirty major development projects that are under construction or in the planning pipeline.”  

 

Mr. Petrek’s salary will be $164,390.

 

 

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Queen Califia's Magical Circle Open Two Days in March

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Kristina Owen, 760-839-4519                                                    

QUEEN CALIFIA’S MAGICAL CIRCLE OPEN TWO DAYS IN MARCH

 

Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public on two days in March: This Saturday, March 12, and Sunday, March 20, 2016, both from 10 a.m. to 2 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.

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ROAD CLOSURE ON FIG STREET, BETWEEN WASHINGTON AVE AND VALLEY PARKWAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Randy Manns, 760-839-6290 x7031

 

Due to the installation of new recycled water pipes, the City of Escondido advises motorists that Fig Street between Washington Avenue & Valley Parkway will be closed during construction.  The temporary full closure of the street will be in effect Friday, March 4, 2016 through Friday, March 18, 2016.  Detour signs will be posted. All work to be performed between (8:00AM to 4:00PM). No through access will be allowed to either side of Fig Street via the Escondido Creek Canal bridge, including emergency vehicles.

 

Residents and businesses will have driveway access at all times along Fig Street between Washington Ave. & Valley Parkway by either using Washington Ave. or Valley Parkway; no through traffic across the Escondido Creek Canal bridge will be allowed.

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.

 

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Temporary Road Closure on Stanley Avenue

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

 

Due to the installation of new wet and dry utility services, the City of Escondido advises motorists that Stanley Avenue between Ash Street and Conway Drive will be closed during construction. A full closure of the street will be in effect Monday, February 29, 2016 through Friday, March 31, 2016.  Detour signs will be posted. All work to be performed between (8:00AM to 4:00PM). No vehicles will be able to access Stanley Avenue. via Ash St. including residents and emergency vehicles.

 

Residents and delivery vehicles will only have driveway access to Stanley from Conway Dr. However, gaining access to those locations during the full road closure will be limited and may cause some delays; again no through traffic on Stanley Avenue. will be allowed.

Persons with questions or comments may contact, Pradera Project Superintendent Rick Kuzyk at 949-279-1354, or City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspector Ricardo Cervantes I, at 760-807-1109.

 

The new wet and dry utility installations are part of the new improvements for the Pradera Project by Lennar Homes which will deliver utility services to the new community and upgrades to some of the existing neighboring homes.

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Hickory Street Road Closure

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: RANDY MANNS, 760-839-6290 X. 7031

Due to the installation of new recycled water pipes, the City of Escondido advises motorists that Hickory Street between Washington Avenue & Valley Parkway will be closed during construction.  A full closure of the street will be in effect Thursday, February 18, 2016 through Friday, February 26, 2016.  Detour signs will be posted. All work to be performed between (8:00AM to 4:00PM). No vehicles will be able to access either side of Hickory Street via the Escondido Creek Canal bridge, including emergency vehicles.

 

Residents and businesses will have driveway access at all times along Hickory St. (between Washington Ave. and Valley Parkway). However, gaining access to those points during the full road closure will be limited to either using Washington Ave. or Valley Parkway; no through traffic (across the Escondido Creek Canal bridge) will be allowed.

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

 

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FRIDAY IS THE DEADLINE FOR STATE OF THE CITY BREAKFAST RESERVATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Escondido’s Annual State of the City Address by Mayor Sam Abed will be held in the Conference Center of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 beginning with an optional breakfast at 7:30 a.m. followed by the program at 8:00 a.m.  The optional breakfast is available for $20 per person by prior reservation. To make your reservation for breakfast, please visit www.escondido.orgPlease note: The deadline to reserve breakfast is 5:00 p.m. February 19, 2016. Persons wishing to attend only the program may do so at no cost, and no reservation is required.

The event is organized by the City of Escondido in partnership with the Escondido Chamber of Commerce. The Master of Ceremonies will be radio talk show Host, Mike Slater, heard on Talk Radio 760 KFMB.

If you would like to sponsor a table, please contact the Escondido Chamber of Commerce at 760-745-2125.

 

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RINCON BAND OF LUISENO INDIANS TO FUND ROAD IMPROVEMENTS IN ESCONDIDO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Joyce Masterson (City) 760-839-4621 or Nikki Symington (Rincon) 619-922-2172

 

Escondido city officials announced today that the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians of Valley Center has agreed to contribute $800,000 to fund the shortfall in the East Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road construction project.  This exceeds Rincon’s Fair Share obligation of $579,000 to mitigate traffic impacts on city roads from the Harrah’s Resort Expansion project.  A signing ceremony will take place at 4:30 p.m. at the February 10, 2016 City Council meeting.

 

The project widens a 3,000-foot segment of East Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road to provide three lanes in each direction between Beven Road and Lake Wohlford Road.  The bridge over Escondido Creek will be widened to accommodate two through lanes in each direction north of Lake Wohlford Road.  Construction will include curbs and gutters, streetlights, landscaped medians, new pavement and traffic signal modifications.  The estimated total cost of the project is $9.7 million. Construction is expected to begin late summer or early fall.

 

Escondido Mayor Sam Abed expressed appreciation, stating, “Thanks to the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, we now can complete this final stretch of road improvements which will greatly improve traffic flow and safety for Escondido and Valley Center residents, as well as visitors to the area.”

 

According to Bo Mazzetti, chairman of the Rincon Band, there is usually a long gap between calculating and collecting fair share funds to actually mitigating a traffic problem.  “We funded the extra amount needed to make the improvements because we wanted to solve the problem sooner rather than later.

“Our government has a vested interest in traffic safety because we live on these roads. People we care about drive on Valley Center Road–our neighbors, our guests and our families use this road, and our emergency first responders depend on it.”

The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians governs a 5,000-acre reservation in Valley Center. Established in 1875, the Rincon tribe is a sovereign government, recognized by the Constitution of the United States, federal law, and policy and court precedent.  As such, the tribal government has many responsibilities and powers equal to city, county, state governments, and even the federal government, with which tribes have a government-to-government relationship.

Owners of Harrah’s Resort Southern California, the tribe uses profits from this, and other commercial enterprises to provide legislative, regulatory, judicial,and administrative governmental services to the residents of the Rincon reservation. Federal law restricts the expenditure of gaming profits to tribal government programs and services, but allows for charitable contributions to other governments and non-profits.

 

Rincon’s democratically elected tribal council members are Chairman Bo Mazzetti, Vice Chairwoman Stephanie Spencer and Council Members Steve Stallings, Laurie E. Gonzalez, and Alfonso Kolb, Sr.,

 

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Queen Califia’s Magical Circle Open this Saturday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    

CONTACT: Kristina Owens

PHONE: 760-839-4519

 

QUEEN CALIFIA’S MAGICAL CIRCLE OPEN THIS SATURDAY

 

Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public this Saturday, February 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 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 www.dejavuphotoservices.com

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Large Tree Damages Historic Cottage During Last Week's Storm

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       

CONTACT: Carol Rea, Historic Preservation Commission, 760-735-8072

 

Huge Torrey Pine Smashes Escondido Cottage

 

A tree once declared to be the second tallest Torrey pine in the state crashed to the ground during last Sunday’s storm, flattening a small historic cottage in the 500 block of E. 4th Ave. in Escondido.While the giant tree with an 8-foot diameter trunk could have landed on the historic 1880s two-story Pritchett House where the Cojulun family of four were at home for the afternoon, it fell, instead upon the unoccupied little house located just twenty feet away. Although saddened by the loss of the tree that may have been two hundred years old, the Cojulun’s are very relieved that no one was hurt.Homeowner Axel Cojulun said that he was eating an orange at the kitchen sink, when he thought he heard a branch fall and watched through the window as the tree suddenly crashed to the earth.Almost immediately, first responders from the Fire and Police Departments arrived with lights and sirens activated; neighbors had called 9-1-1, fearful that someone had been hurt when the tree fell.

 

The small board and batten one-bedroom cottage had been moved to its current location from a lot on 7th Avenue, east of Centre City Parkway seven years ago and the Cojulun’s had planned to restore it but had not yet started.It was possibly good fortune that they had not done so or odds were good that anyone living there would surely have been killed.The bungalow had been one of ten workers’ cottages that had housed sheep ranch workers almost a century ago.It was rescued from demolition and moved to this lot; only one other of the original ten is believed to stand now.

 

Mr. Cojulun regrets the loss of the house he moved to his lot, saying “El Nino didn’t ask for a demolition permit,” but he’s undaunted.He’s now looking for another historic bungalow in Escondido to rescue and move to his lot.This time, it can be a little larger he says, since it won’t have to share the space with the Torrey Pine.

 

Tree trimmers have been working on removing the fallen tree for two days and are expected to remove the last half of the massive trunk tomorrow.