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“Dine Out Escondido!” Restaurant Week Celebrates Its Fifth Year

...and continues benefitting the North County Food Bank

January 28 – February 3, 2018

Visit Escondido’s Dine Out Escondido! Restaurant Week is happening January 28 to February 3 at over 30 fantastic restaurants in historic downtown and all around town. Held in partnership with California Restaurant Month, this successful culinary tourism event happens during the last week in January and is celebrating its fifth year.

Southern California residents and visitors will enjoy scrumptious specials from Escondido’s highly acclaimed chefs, restaurateurs, and eateries while savoring the diverse culinary flavors of Escondido by taking advantage of this opportunity to visit their favorite places and create new experiences! There are no food themes or menu restrictions to what each restaurant can offer, so the range of diversity provides something for everyone.

“With over thirty local eateries offering unique specials, our restaurant week gives everyone the perfect excuse to finally get out to that great restaurant they haven’t tried yet, all while giving back,” said Katherine Zimmer, tourism manager for the City of Escondido.

Continuing to support of the North County Food Bank, each Dine Out Escondido! restaurant will donate $1 of every special they sell during this week to the North County Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids Backpack Program.

Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank CEO James A. Floros said, “We are very grateful to the restaurants that are supporting our North County Food 4 Kids Backpack Program through the Dine Out Escondido! campaign. Children on the program receive free meals at school during the week, but face hunger over the weekend when school meals are unavailable. Funds raised through Dine Out Escondido! will help us provide weekend backpacks filled with food to elementary school children living in poverty.”

For details of participating restaurants and their specials, go to visitescondido.com

2018 Participating Restaurants – 32 total:

Downtown Escondido
A Delight of France Bakery & Bistro
Bellamy's Restaurant
Burger Bench
Cuscatlan Salvadorian Cuisine
Cute Cakes Bakery & Café
Dominic's Italian Gourmet
EscoGelato
H Brothers
Jalapeño Grill
Joe's Italian
Kettle Coffee & Tea
La Tapatia
Mi Guadalajara
Plan 9 Alehouse
Rosie's Cafe
Sunny Side Kitchen
Suzy Q's Diner
The Continental Deli
The Grand Tea Room
These Islands
Vincent’s
Vinz Wine Bar

Around Town
Brigantine Seafood & Oyster Bar
Carin de Ria
Pegah’s Kitchen
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens
The Sand Crab Tavern
The Wooden Spoon
Vintana Wine + Dine

Westfield North County
Famous Waffle Sandwich
Nordstrom Marketplace Café
On The Border

About the Food 4 Kids Backpack program:  
The North County Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids Backpack Program provides weekend backpacks filled with nutritious food to elementary school students living in poverty (Escondido's Lincoln Elementary is in the program). Kids on the program receive free breakfasts and lunches at school Monday through Friday, but face hunger at home on the weekends.

The backpack of food they receive sees them through the weekend so they can return to school ready to learn on Monday. Food items include: peanut butter; beans and franks; ravioli or stew in pop-top cans; soup; fruit bars; cereal; tuna fish pouches; juice boxes; fruit cups; raisins; granola bars; shelf-stable milk; and macaroni and cheese. Currently, the Food 4 Kids Backpack Program serves 1,733 elementary school students at 37 schools in 11 school districts. To feed one child for the entire school year costs $200; for one month it costs $22, and for one weekend it costs $5.50.
sandiegofoodbank.org/food4kids/

About Visit Escondido
Visit Escondido promotes Escondido’s great variety of attractions, events, and things to do in the heart of San Diego’s North County Inland area. Escondido is home to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido and renowned events such as Cruisin’ Grand, as well as rural and urban wineries, craft breweries, unique arts & theatre, diverse culinary experiences, and a vibrant historic downtown. Additionally, there are many outdoor activities to take advantage of in the beautiful year-round climate including golf, hiking, biking, fishing, equestrian and sporting events.
Go to visitescondido.com for a complete calendar of events, dining, lodging, arts, outdoor activities and attractions information. The Visitors Center is located at 235 East Grand Avenue and is open Tuesday-Friday, 10am-4pm. 760-839-4777

 

Annual Recruitment for Boards and Commissions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         

CONTACT: Diane Halverson, City Clerk - 760-839-4617

 

The City of Escondido is seeking volunteers to serve on a number of City Boards and Commissions. Interested citizens who would like to apply may file an application with the City Clerk’s Office no later than February 16, 2018.

 

Applications are being accepted for:

 

  • Building Advisory & Appeals Board
  • Community Services Commission
  • Historic Preservation Commission
  • Library Board of Trustees
  • Personnel Board of Review
  • Planning Commission
  • Public Art Commission
  • Transportation & Community Safety Commission

 

Volunteers serve for a four-year term, with the exception of the Library Board, which carries a three-year term and Community Services Youth Member, who serves a one-year term.  Meeting times and subject matters are outlined in a Handbook available at the City Clerk’s Office or on the City’s website.  For further information concerning qualifications and an application form, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 201 North Broadway, Escondido, or call 760-839-4617.  You may access the website application form and handbook at http://www.escondido.org/boards-commissions.aspx

 

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Queen Califia's Magical Circle Closed This Saturday

Update: December 8, 2017
Queen Califia’s Magical Circle will be closed this Saturday, December 9th due to the closure of Kit Carson Park. Kit Carson Park is being used as a CalFire base camp and is CLOSED to the pubic until further notice. Please go the City of Escondido’s website or Facebook page for more information.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     

CONTACT: Kristina Owens, 760-839-4519

 

QUEEN CALIFIA’S MAGICAL CIRCLE OPEN ON SATURDAY

 

Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public this Saturday, December 9, from 9 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.

Sewage Spill in South Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Helen Davies, 760-839-4290

 

Just before 11:00 a.m. this morning (10/15/17) there was a sewer spill in the Westfield Mall Parking lot adjacent to Interstate 15 in south Escondido. City of Escondido staff responded and secured the broken line and a nearby pump station. The spill condition ended just before 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. The County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health, Regional Water Quality Control Board, and State Office of Emergency Services were notified and mobilized to the scene. With the help of City of San Diego wastewater collection crews, the City of Escondido wastewater collection crew was able to clean the area by 4:00 p.m.

 

The spilled water reached the storm drain system that goes to Lake Hodges. Based on preliminary estimates the spill volume was up to 60,000 gallons. City of Escondido staff did not observe flow entering the lake from the storm drain system. However staff will continue to collect samples in the vicinity over the next few days to verify whether there has been a discharge to the lake. There is no concern at this time for residential or commercial water users.

 

For further inquiries please call Helen Davies, Deputy Director of Utilities/Wastewater (Interim) at 760-839-4290.

 

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South Centre City Area Plan Released for Public Review

Contact: Mike Strong, 760-839-4556

NEW PLAN COULD BRING NEW RESULTS AND AMENITES TO ESCONDIDO

Envision South Centre City is a City-sponsored visioning process that invites residents, businesses, and other community members to work together to create a new vision for land use regulation, mobility connections, and quality of life improvements along the South Escondido Boulevard and Centre City Parkway in Escondido.

In 2015, the City of Escondido embarked on a process to create a specific plan for the more established sections of the southwest portion of the city. After a far-reaching public outreach effort in 2015 and 2016, significant progress has been made to develop the South Centre Center Specific Plan. The draft specific plan has been released for public review and the project remains on schedule to be considered by the Planning Commission and City Council in 2017. Up to this point, public outreach has been heavily emphasized in the planning process to ensure that the specific plan reflects the community’s vision for the future. This input was utilized to develop the draft Specific Plan.

The planning area, as it currently exists, is a function of past decisions and policies. If approved, the new Specific Plan would change how new homes and businesses and related structures are built in the area. We need the community’s help to ensure that Envision South Centre City includes community-supported solutions so that new development can fit into the existing community. Over the next few months, the City is providing community members with a variety of opportunities to participate and help finalize the draft specific plan’s vision to reflect the community’s most important values and commonly-shared priorities. By focusing on the issues and opportunities, we can create new ways to evaluate land use decisions to improve community health, safety, sustainability, and economic prosperity.

The draft Specific Plan was released for public review and comment on September 12, 2017. For more information about the project and to see what the City is doing in terms of outreach, please refer to the link below:

https://www.escondido.org/south-centre-city-area-plan.aspx

 

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Queen Califia's Magical Circle Open on Saturday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     

CONTACT: Kristina Owens

DATE: September 5, 2017                                                          

PHONE: 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, September 9, from 9 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.

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Paving on Hamilton Lane

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    

CONTACT: Randy Manns, 760-839-6290, x7031

PAVING ON HAMILTON LANE – AS PART OF THE CONSTRUCTION FOR THE SOUTHWEST SEWER REALIGNMENT PROJECT

The Southwest Sewer Realignment Project is near completion. Please be advised that traffic delays should be anticipated within the Felicita Area. Paving activities are scheduled between August 28 to September 1, 2017, for the following streets: Hamilton Lane, Bernardo Ave, Park Drive, north end of Felicita Road at Monticello, and the south end of Felicita Road at Via Rancho Parkway. The paving activities and sequences will vary for different streets. Motorist should anticipate one lane of traffic which will be controlled by Flagmen to allow alternating patterns for traffic flow. This project is part of the City of Escondido’s Capital Improvements Program.

The paving activities will be from 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday thru Friday.

  • During Hamilton Lane paving, alternate routes could be used that include; Acker Way to Dexter to Bernardo Ave. to Park Dr. to Felicita. Eucalyptus Ave to Via Rancho Parkway. Bernardo Avenue to Felicita Lane to Via Rancho Parkway.
  • During Bernard Ave., routes could be used that include; Dexter to Acker Way to Hamilton. Bernardo Avenue to Felicita Lane to Via Rancho Parkway.
  • During Felicita Rd. (north end), routes could include Hamilton ln to Bernardo to Gamble Ln/Citracado Pkwy. Gamble Ln. to Bernardo Ave. to Park Dr.

It is highly encouraged that all motorists observe the warning signs –including No Parking signs - along the construction route and slow down while driving through the construction zone; including the detoured routes. Felicita Park should remain open during regularly scheduled times (unless the Park staff suggest otherwise).

Persons with questions or comments may contact Bill Janda, NV5 Construction Manager & Resident Engineer at (760) 650-6477, Mark Lewis, City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspector II, at 760-807-1121, Sam Lopez, City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspector II, at (442) 777-0937 or the construction contractor, CCL Contracting, Inc. (760) 743-2254.

QUEEN CALIFIA’S MAGICAL CIRCLE OPEN ON SATURDAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     CONTACT: Kristina Owens

DATE: June 29, 2017                                                                  PHONE: 760-839-4519

 

Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public on Saturday, July 8, from 9 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.

Photo courtesy of Kurt Lightfoot www.dejavuphotoservices.com  ###

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, June 10, from 9 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.

 

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Queen Califia's Magical Circle Open This Saturday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Kristina Owens, 760-839-4519
DATE: May 8, 2017 PHONE: 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, May 13, from 9 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.

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