Posts in Category: City of Escondido

Nominations Sought For City Council Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Each year at the State of the City meeting, the Escondido City Council recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to improve the quality of life in Escondido through volunteer service. Nominations now are being solicited for these awards.

The general public is encouraged to submit nominations of qualified members of the community for consideration. Award nomination forms can be obtained by calling the City Manager’s Office (760-839-4631) or by downloading  a copy from the City’s web site:

https://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/PDFs/AwardNominationForm2016.pdf

Categories include: Arts, Business, Community, Education, Public Safety, Historic Preservation, and Youth.  The deadline for nomination is 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26, 2016.

A sub-committee of the City Council will review all nominations and make its final selection in January.  The awards will be presented at the Annual State of the City Address on Wednesday, February 24, 2016.

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Temporary Full Road Closure on Juniper Street

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Randy Manns, 760-839-6290 X7031

TEMPORARY FULL ROAD CLOSURE ON JUNIPER STREET, BETWEEN WASHINGTON AVE AND VALLEY PKWY.

Due to the installation of new recycled water pipes, the City of Escondido advises motorists that Juniper Street between Washington Avenue & Valley Parkway will be closed during construction.  A full closure of the street will be in effect Wednesday, December 16, 2015 through Wednesday, December 23, 2015.  Detour signs will be posted. All work to be performed between (8:00AM to 4:00PM). No vehicles will be able access either side of Juniper Street via the Escondido Creek Canal bridge, including emergency vehicles.

Residents and merchants along Juniper St. (between Washington Ave. and Valley Parkway) should still have access to their respective destinations. 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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Temporary Closure of Mayflower Dog Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Loretta McKinney, 760-839-4871

Escondido City officials announced that Mayflower Dog Park, located at 3420 Valley Center Road,  will be closed from Tuesday, December 8, to Saturday, January 2, 2016 as a precautionary measure after a report of a dog who visited the park in late November came down with a case of Parvo. Escondido is choosing to be proactive in order to keep our animal family members safe.

 

For further information, call 760.839.4691.

 

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QUEEN CALIFIA’S MAGICAL CIRCLE OPEN TWO DAYS IN DECEMBER

NEWS RELEASE 

DATE: December 7, 2015                                                         

PHONE: 760-839-4519

CONTACT: Kristina Owens

 

QUEEN CALIFIA’S MAGICAL CIRCLE OPEN TWO DAYS IN DECEMBER

 

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 December: This Saturday, December 12, and Sunday, December 27, 2015, 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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Flood Control Channel Maintenance in Preparation for El Nino

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Julie Procopio, 760-839-4001

The City of Escondido has been working on a plan to prepare for El Nino conditions for more than five years and has made significant progress on its channel maintenance project ever since permits recently were issued.  In 2010, the City began collecting data necessary to obtain permits from environmental agencies to allow cleaning of 63 of its highest priority concrete-lined and earthen channels.  Permit applications were submitted to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Regional Water Quality Control Board and US Army Corps of Engineers by  the summer 2013.  After working diligently with resource agency staff, permits were finally received in late August 2015.

 

The work to clean the channels began in haste in September 2015.  To date, 27 of the 63 channel segments have been cleaned. A risk-based assessment was used to prioritize the order of work to ensure that the channels with the highest risk of potential flooding were cleaned first.  Crews have cleaned over 3.5-miles of channel and have removed 1,475-tons of vegetation, 18-tons of trash and 890-tons of silt so far. Work will continue until all segments have been cleaned, and the permit will allow Public Works to re-visit sites on an annual basis.

 

In addition to channels, the City of Escondido maintains a storm drain system that consists of approximately 5,200 curb inlets and outlets, and many miles of underground storm drain pipe. In preparation for the predicted winter storms all City storm drain inlets and outlets have been inspected, cleaned and maintained as needed.

 

More detailed information on what the City has done and what you can do to prepare for the predicted El Nino rains can be found on the City’s website at  https://www.escondido.org/El-Nino-Preparations.aspx. In addition, this website contains helpful information on what to do during and after a storm.

 

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Disaster Readiness/Winter Weather Workshop

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jeff Murdock, 760-839-5406

A Disaster Readiness/Winter Weather Workshop will be held on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Community Room at the Police and Fire Headquarters, 1163 N. Centre City Parkway.

 

The workshop will provide valuable information related to water issues and emergency preparedness.  Greg Thomas of the Rincon del Diablo Water District will give an update on the drought. Alex Tardy from the National Weather Service will provide an update regarding El Nino and winter storms.  Alicia Appel from the City of Escondido Utilities Department will speak about erosion protection, proper clearing of drainage structures and storm preparation. Jeff Murdock, from the Fire Department will discuss emergency preparedness, evacuations, and information resources.

 

This event is free but seating is limited.  To reserve your seat, please call 760-745-5522.  The workshop is co-sponsored by the City of Escondido’ Fire Department and Utilities Department, Rincon del Diablo Water District, and the National Weather Service.

 

Additional information about preparing for El Nino is available on the City’s website at https://www.escondido.org/El-Nino-Preparations.aspx.

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Veterans Day Observance

Escondido’s annual Veterans Day Observance will be held on Friday, November 11, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Grape Day Park's Wall of Courage located between the train station and the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Sponsored by the Military Tribute Committee and Escondido Allied Veterans’ Council, the celebration will include a full patriotic program with music and honored guests.  Continuing at 11 a.m. is a ceremony hosted by the American Legion Post 149.  For more information call 760-745-1159.

Graham Mitchell Named as Next City Manager for Escondido

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

 

The Escondido City Council has selected Assistant City Manager Graham Mitchell to replace Clay Phillips as City Manager upon Clay’s retirement on December 18, 2015.

In making the announcement today, Mayor Abed expressed confidence in Mr. Mitchell’s abilities, saying, “Graham has a proven track record of city management experience and a solid understanding of the issues facing the city and the region.  I am confident he will serve Escondido well.”

Mr. Mitchell has been the Assistant City Manager in Escondido since June 2015.  He previously was City Manager in Lemon Grove for twelve years.  Prior to that he was City Manager for three years in Farmersville, CA.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Brigham Young University.

The details of Mr. Mitchell’s compensation have not yet been finalized.

 

 

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Temporary Closure of Bike Path btw. Broadway and Hickory

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 pedestrians and bicyclists that access along the bike path on the north side of the Escondido Creek Channel between Broadway and Hickory St. will be completely closed –including after hours - to all through traffic for the next several months, starting on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 up to Monday, January 18, 2016. All pedestrian detour signs will be posted. During this time period the bike path will be considered as a construction zone. Therefore, only construction crews and emergency personnel will be permitted into the area. Work will be performed between 8:00AM to 4:00PM.

Future updates will be provided acknowledging which sections of the bike path have been returned to service; pedestrian detour signs will also be reassigned.

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

The new pipes are part of the City’s Recycled Water Easterly Main Extension Project which will provide reclaimed water to local citrus farmers and the North County Cemetery District in eastern Escondido.

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Escondido City Manager Announces Retirement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido City Manager Clay Phillips informed the City Council today of his plans to retire this December.  His last day will be December 18, 2015.  In his letter of resignation to the City Council, Mr. Phillips noted, “It has been my pleasure and my privilege to have served you, our employees and the residents of Escondido for nearly 30 years and as your City Manager for the last 12.”

 

Mayor Sam Abed expressed appreciation for Mr. Phillips’ service, saying, “Clay has been the longest tenured City Manager in Escondido’s history and a great leader for the City.  His strong financial expertise and management skills steered Escondido through economic downturns to financial stability and economic growth. His contributions to make Escondido a better city are greatly appreciated.”

 

Mr. Phillips began his career with the City of Escondido in January 1986 as Director of Finance.  In 1993 he was promoted to the position of Director of Financial and Administrative Services.  He was promoted to the position of Deputy City Manager in 1997 a position he held until 2003 when became City Manager.  Prior to working for the city of Escondido, Mr. Phillips was the Deputy Finance Officer for the City of Irvine from 1983 to 1986.  He also served as an Accountant for the City of Santa Ana from 1980 to 1983.

 

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