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Flood Control Channel Maintenance Has Begun

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Alicia Appel, 760-839-4528

 

Starting August 24, 2015, the City of Escondido will begin its channel maintenance project in anticipation of winter storms.  Since 2009 the City has been working with state and federal resource agencies (Army Corps of Engineers, Regional Water Quality Control Board and Department of Fish and Wildlife) to obtain the permits necessary for this maintenance.  Permits are required as these areas are considered to be “Waters of the U.S” and may contain wildlife habitat, and the work is not allowed to impact creek water quality.  Permit conditions include requirements to conduct surveys during the bird nesting season and where necessary avoid work that could impact nesting birds; habitat surveys at specific locations; water quality measures; cultural and paleontological surveys, as well as coordination with a tribal monitor.  These requirements are intended to protect habitat, birds, cultural, tribal and paleontological resources that may be impacted by maintenance activities.  City staff have been trained to implement the measures required to protect natural resources and to provide required documentation for annual reports.  Unavoidable wetland impacts will be mitigated through a combination of wetland enhancement (invasive species removal) and wetland restoration (invasive species removal and native species planting) in an area totaling 1.75 acres in Kit Carson Park.

 

City staff members have prioritized the 63 permitted locations for maintenance based on historical data, staff inspections and resident comments, within the constraints of the regulatory requirements.  Regular maintenance will continue over the 5-year permit term.  An application to renew the application with an updated list of sites will be submitted prior to expiration of the permits.

 

For further information on channel maintenance activities and environmental permitting, please contact Alicia Appel at (760) 839-4528.

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Agreement Results in Energy Production at Wastewater Plant

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The City of Escondido and Anaergia have entered into a Power Purchase Agreement which will enable Escondido’s wastewater treatment plant to turn waste biogas into renewable energy. Mayor Sam Abed will participate in a signing ceremony to be held on Monday, August 17, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at the offices of J.R. Filanc Construction Company, Inc., 740 N. Andreasen Drive, Escondido, CA.

Each day, the City of Escondido’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) treats about fifteen million gallons of wastewater generated by both Escondido and Rancho Bernardo. In addition to producing high quality clean effluent, HARRF generates a potentially valuable byproduct in the form of energy-rich biogas, which is currently flared. On July 8, 2015, the City Council approved a 20-year agreement which will allow Escondido Bioenergy Facility, LLC (A subsidiary of Anaergia) to construct and operate a cogeneration facility that will treat HARRF’s biogas and use it to fuel internal combustion engines that will power generators for electricity production.

Under the terms of the agreement the City has committed to purchase at least 8,146 MWh per year for $0.129 per kWh.  This amount represents approximately 75% of the plant’s current electricity use, and is projected to save the City about $10M over the life of the 20 year contract.  In addition, all heat from the energy plant will be provided to the treatment plant at no cost. The project will result in significant savings from not only the low and predictable electricity price it offers, but also since the treatment plant currently purchases natural gas from SDGE to heat the plant’s digesters which are maintained at a constant 98 degrees.

 

 

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Escondido Cool Zone Locations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The City of Escondido reminds the public that three City facilities have been designated as Cool Zone sites.  These sites are air-conditioned settings where seniors and others can gather. The sites encourage people to share air conditioning during the heat of the day, lowering individual usage and helping to conserve energy for the whole community.

Escondido’s Cool Zone Sites are:

  • Park Avenue Community Center, 210 Park Avenue (760-839-4688)
  • Escondido Public Library, 239 Kalmia Street (760-839-4684)
  • East Valley Community Center 2245 East Valley Parkway (760-839-4382)

 

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Escondido Awarded Two Grants

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

 

The City of Escondido has won two competitive grants totaling $1.6 million from the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to improve bike and pedestrian access to the Escondido Transit Center and the Escondido Creek Trail.

 

One of the grants is a $335,000 active transportation grant, which will help fund the installation of a pedestrian signal and pedestrian refuge across El Norte Parkway, including a decorative trail overhead signage structure. The other grant is a $1.27 million smart growth grant that will enable the city to build a pedestrian/bike bridge to connect the Escondido Transit Center with the Escondido Gateway shopping center on W. Valley Parkway, and construct bike lanes between Tulip and Quince streets.

 

The grants are made possible by the regional TransNet half-cent sales tax for transportation approved by voters countywide and administered by SANDAG.  For more information please visit: http://www.sandag.org/index.asp?newsid=876&fuseaction=news.detail

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Saturday Night Dances at Park Avenue Community Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Karen Williams, 760 839-4046


Saturday Night Dances are held on the first Saturday of each month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Park Avenue Community Center, 210 E. Park Avenue.   Each month features a different live band, refreshments, and door prizes. Singles, couples, of all levels and varieties of dancers, are welcome to join fun each month.  Entry fee is only $4 per person.

On Saturday, September 5, slip into your dancing shoes and enjoy the ballroom ballads and oldies, but goodies with the Cradit Union. This popular band is great for swing, line dancing, two-step, cha-cha, and much more.

For questions or additional information, please call 760-839-4688.

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Rose Street Closure Extended A Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

 

Due to the installation of new recycled water pipes, the City of Escondido advises motorists that Rose Street between Washington Avenue & Valley Parkway will be closed during construction.  A full closure of the street will be in effect Monday, July 27, 2015 through Thursday, July 30, 2015.  Detour signs will be posted. All work to be performed between (8:00AM to 4:00PM). No vehicles will be able to get through including emergency vehicles.  Washington Park users can still access the park’s parking lot from Washington Avenue. But Rose Street south of the Washington Park parking lot driveway to Valley Parkway will be closed in both directions during these days.

Persons with questions or comments may contact 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 provide reclaimed water to local citrus farmers and the North County Cemetery District in eastern Escondido.

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Temporary Closure of Rose Street

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

 

Due to the installation of new recycled water pipes, the City of Escondido advises motorists that Rose Street between Washington Avenue & Valley Parkway will be closed during construction.  A partial road closure will begin today July 22, 2015 through Friday, July 24, 2015.  A full closure of the street will be in effect Monday, July 27, 2015 through Wednesday, July 29, 2015.  Detour signs will be posted. All work to be performed between (8:00AM to 4:00PM). No vehicles will be able to get through including emergency vehicles.

 

Persons with questions or comments may contact 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 provide reclaimed water to local citrus farmers and the North County Cemetery District in eastern Escondido.

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Queen Califia's Magical Circle Open This Saturday

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: July 6, 2015

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, July 11, 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.

Photos and more information about the art piece are at http://www.escondido.org/queen-califias-magical-circle.aspx .

Escondido Adopts New Water Restrictions

For Immediate Release

Contact: Lori Rountree, 760-802-0803

New restrictions for City of Escondido water customers have been approved by the Escondido City Council.  Those customers will be permitted to continue to water three days per week, but only 7 minutes per station, instead of the previous 10 minutes. The three-day watering schedule remains the same: houses with odd numbered addresses may only water on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday while those with even number homes may only water on Monday, Wednesday, Saturday.  Apartments, condos and businesses may water on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For more information, visit www.escondido.org/water-conservation.aspx

Allowing City of Escondido water customers to continue to water three times a week but for shorter times will help the City to reduce its water consumption while accommodating the needs of its customers who live under hotter inland temperatures than coastal communities.

These restrictions do not apply to Escondido residents who are customers of the Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District.  Those customers may water only two days per week for ten minutes per station.  More information about those restrictions may be found at www.rinconwater.org

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San Diego Man Arrested by EPD for Child Pornography Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact: Lieutenant Neal Griffin, 760-839-4700

 

 

            The observations of an alert shopper in Escondido have led to the arrest of San Diego resident, Abdullah Sediqi, 64, for multiple counts of possession of child pornography, lewd and lascivious acts with minors, and disorderly conduct by taking “up-skirt” photographs with a cell phone.

            On Saturday afternoon, June 13th, a woman shopping inside the Valley Thrift Store, located at 2085 East Valley Parkway, observed what she thought to be suspicious behavior by another patron. The woman noticed a man, later identified as Abdullah Sediqi, crouched down closely behind her with a cellphone in his hand. The woman moved away, but she continued to observe Sediqi as he approached another female customer. Sediqi crouched down low and appeared to use his cell phone to take a close up photograph of the unsuspecting woman. The alert witness continued to keep Sediqi under observation while at the same time she notified the police. Escondido Police Officers arrived on scene and detained Sediqi.  During the preliminary investigation, it was confirmed that Sediqi had been using his cell phone to take several images under the clothing of unsuspecting women, two of whom were juveniles.  The photos were taken from at least two different locations, a disorderly conduct violation commonly referred to as “up skirting.” Sediqi was immediately taken into custody. Sediqi was booked into Vista Detention Facility for (2) counts of annoying and molesting a child, a violation of penal code section 647.6(a); and, (4) counts of disorderly conduct, a violation of penal code section 647(j) (2).

            In California the law specifically prohibits the use of any type of video or camera equipment to secretly photograph under or through the clothing of another person without their consent.  The most common victims of this crime are women and young girls in public places such as department stores, grocery stores, parks or any other public place. The victims are often chosen by the perpetrator because the victim appears distracted or unaware of their immediate surroundings. In this case, the alert response of the victim/witness not only led to Sediqi’s arrest for up skirting, but also to the discovery of much more serious offenses involving indecent acts with a child and child pornography.

            As a part of the follow up investigation, Sediqi’s cell phone was forensically analyzed by Escondido Police Detective Damian Jackson, the EPD representative of the San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The phone was found to contain over six thousand images, most of which were innocuous photographs, but a detailed examination of the phone resulted in the discovery of many photographs that contained pornographic images of children. Some of the photos were of children who appeared to be as young as 3-5 years of age. By the time this discovery was made, Sediqi had been released from custody, after posting bail for his original charges.  A probable cause pick up authorizing the arrest of Sediqi on new charges was immediately issued and Escondido Police requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals San Diego Fugitive Task Force, who located and arrested Sediqi in less than twenty-four hours. Sediqi was returned to Vista Detention Facility.

            On June 15th, Escondido Police Detectives served a search warrant on the residence of Sediqi, located at 17472 Matinal Road, San Diego. In addition to being the private home and residence of Abdullah Sediqi, the residence is also the location of the Kid’s Castle Day Care, also known as the Sediqi Family Child Care, which is owned and operated by Sediqi’s ex-wife, Katrien Sediqi. The search warrant resulted in the seizure of all records of current clients of the day care center. Also seized were additional phones, computers and external hard drives; and, 13.88 grams of cocaine, possessed by Roin Mohammad Sediqi, 26, of San Diego, who is the adult son of the suspect.

            Roin Sediqi was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for sale. Roin Sediqi was booked into the Vista Detention Facility.

            The investigation has disclosed that many of the pornographic images found on Abdullah Sediqi’s phone are of children who were clients at the day care center operated from his home. The Escondido Police Department has contacted the parents of every child who is a current client of the Kid’s Castle Day Care and notified them of the arrest of Abdullah Sediqi.  A notification has also been made to the Community Care Licensing Division of the California Department of Social Services, which is responsible for the issuance and revocation of state licenses to day care facilities.

            Sediqi will be arraigned in Vista Court, on Friday, June 19th, at 1:30 PM.  In addition to the previously mentioned original charges, Sediqi is now being held in Vista Detention Facility without bail for the following offenses:

 

Sexual Penetration of a Child Under 10, a violation of 288.7 P.C.

Lewd Acts with a Child Under 14, a violation of 288(a) P.C.  /  6 Counts Possession of Child Pornography, a violation of 311.11 P.C. / 24 Counts

          

            This investigation is continuing.  Anyone who is a current or former client of the Kid’s Castle Day Care, who is concerned about the possibility that their child may have been victimized by Sediqi, should contact Detective Michelle Mayfield of the Escondido Police Department 760-839-4926.

ABDULLAH SEDIQI

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