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Mop up Started of Escondido Fire

For immediate release

Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4631

The fire at Bear Valley Parkway and Oakhill has been contained and the fire department is starting mop up operations.  No evacuations were necessary.


Town Hall meeting Cancelled

For Immediate Release

Contact; Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621


The Town Hall meeting scheduled for today, May 14, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. has been cancelled due to the fires.


Escondido Fire

For Immediate Release

Contact, Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4631

The Escondido Fire Department is making good progress in knocking down the fire in eastern Escondido.  The fire is at Bear Valley Parkway and Oak Hill, not Grand Avenue. 


As a precaution, the Escondido Emergency Operations Center has been activated to a Level II.


Escondido response to Fires


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The County has activated its Emergency Operations Center to a level 3.  Escondido has activated its Emergency Operations Center to a Level 1 to monitor all neighboring fires.  Escondido Fire is already providing Mutual Aid. PD is preparing to respond to any requests for Mutual Aid.


There is a fire north of Escondido at I-15 west of Highway 76 and Cal Fire is responding.  Escondido Fire Department is responding to a report of a fire at Bear Valley Parkway and Grand Avenue.


Updates will be provided as they become available.



Temporary Closure of Ryan Park for Turf Maintenance


Contact: Loretta McKinney, 760-839-4871

The City of Escondido will temporarily close Francis Ryan Park, located at 390 North Hidden Trails Road, beginning  May 19 through August 1, 2014 for annual turf maintenance. During that time the field will be aerated, fertilized, top dressed and over-seeded.  The public is asked to stay off the fields during this maintenance period to allow the existing Bermuda grasses in the heavily used areas to re-establish. However, the main parking lot and restroom gates will be unlocked daily to allow access.


Francis Ryan Park is one of the most well-used parks in Escondido.  Primarily designed for soccer, Ryan Park is the home field for the Escondido Soccer Club and the host site for 14 soccer tournaments throughout the year.    The timing of the turf maintenance closure was set to coincide with the end of the Escondido Soccer League season.


All soccer, football and general field use enthusiasts are encouraged to use alternate locations for play during this time. For more information or questions please contact the Community Services Department at 760-839-4691.




Update on Tap Water Odor


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The following is a news release issued by the Metropolitan Water District:


Earthy, musty taste and smell in drinking water expected to dissipate by end of the week


Consumers in San Diego County may notice a musty taste and odor in their tap water, but it is an aesthetic problem caused by algae blooms and not a health hazard, according to water quality experts. Officials at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California said the taste-and-odor event may improve by the end of the week after the district isolated the affected facilities and treated supplies over the weekend. In the meantime, the drinking water impacts will continue to vary as local agencies blend imported Metropolitan water with local supplies.

"The earthy taste and smell stem from an algae bloom in Diamond Valley Lake near Hemet in southwest Riverside County, which is affecting supplies being delivered to the San Diego County Water Authority," said Jim Green, Metropolitan’s manager of water system operations.“Consumers, however, can be assured that the taste-and-odor issues they may be experiencing in their tap water do not pose any health risks,” he said “Consumers affected by this situation may consider refrigerating their tap water to help improve its taste until the problem diminishes.”

Over the weekend, Metropolitan isolated Diamond Valley Lake and treated the algae bloom, which also has impacted untreated supplies in nearby Lake Skinner. Diamond Valley Lake and Lake Skinner are currently providing raw water to SDCWA. Officials stressed that the treated water is safe for consumers and that fish and wildlife will not be impacted. Growth of algae in open surface reservoirs is generally a seasonal problem that usually occurs in warm months. As in previous years, the cause of this year’s taste-and-odor episode has been identified as geosmin, a nuisance compound produced from the growth of certain algae in freshwaters throughout the world. “Unfortunately, people with sensitive taste and smell can detect the compound in water at levels as low as 5 parts-per-trillion,” Green said. “By comparison, one part-per-trillion is equivalentto just 10 drops of geosmin in enough water to fill the Rose Bowl.”

Consumers interested in receiving additional information about the quality of Metropolitan’s drinking water supplies can visit the district’s website,, for the district’s annualwater quality report and other related materials.


The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a cooperative of 26 cities and water agencies serving nearly 19 million

people in six counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies,

and helps its members to develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other resource-management programs.

Escondido Cool Zone Locations


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

With extremely hot weather predicted this week, 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)

Tap Water Odor


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The City has received calls about an odor in our tap water. Please know that the drinking water in Escondido is safe.  The County Water Authority (CWA) reports that the odor/taste issue is being experienced throughout San Diego County and is from an algae bloom near Lake Skinner. The Water Utilities Division is now cutting back on their use of imported water from Lake Skinner and are using additional local water.


Voter Registration Deadline Approaching



Escondido City Clerk Diane Halverson reminds residents that Monday, May 19 is the last day to register to vote in the California Primary Election to be held June 3, 2014. 

City Hall will remain open until midnight May 19 to accept voter registration cards.  During regular business hours, you may register online at or at the San Diego County Registrar of Voters.  Registration cards are available at the City Clerk’s Office during regular business hours; however, between 5:30 p.m. and midnight, we will be registering voters in the City Council Chambers foyer at City Hall, 201 North Broadway.

If you have moved, changed your name (due to marriage or court order), or wish to change your party affiliation since the last election, you must re-register no later than midnight, Monday, May 19.

If you have any questions concerning voter registration, please contact the Registrar of Voters Office at 858-565-5800, or the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 201 North Broadway, Escondido, 760-839-4617.


Town Hall Meeting


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido Mayor Sam Abed will hold a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway. Following a brief update by the Mayor, residents will be welcome to ask questions or share their thoughts on any topic relating to city government.  The event is free and no reservations are required.

The meeting will be videotaped and rebroadcast the following Sunday and Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. on Cox. Ch. 19 and AT&T U-Verse Ch. 99

This is the seventh town hall meeting Mayor Abed has held since his election as Mayor.


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