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Acting Police Chief Cory Moles to Retire in July

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Acting Police Chief Cory Moles announced today his plan to retire in July 2013 after serving almost 27 years with the Escondido Police Department. His last day will be July 5, 2013. His replacement has not yet been named by City Manager Clay Phillips.

In making the announcement Chief Moles noted, “I’ve had an incredible career with the Escondido Police Department.  It’s been both an honor and privilege to work with so many talented individuals at the Police Department, in San Diego County law enforcement, on the city staff and in the community. It has truly been a remarkable experience!”

Mr. Phillips also expressed appreciation for Chief Moles’ service, saying, “The city has been fortunate to have benefited from Cory’s many talents and leadership.  We wish him a long and happy retirement!” 

Cory began his career with Escondido in July 1986 as a Police Officer Trainee. Over the years he rose through the ranks and became the Assistant Police Chief in December 2007.

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Settlement Agreement Reached in Voting Districts Lawsuit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact for City: Jeffrey Epp (760-839-4608) Contact for Plaintiffs: Jim Finberg (415-421-7151

The Escondido City Council and Plaintiffs have agreed to a settlement of a lawsuit requiring City Council members to represent specific geographic areas.  The material terms of the settlement will be presented to the court at a status conference which is scheduled for Friday, March 22, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.    The Parties will ask the Court to review the settlement agreement and then approve it as a court order at a subsequent date. The settlement will take the form of a consent decree issued by the Superior Court.

Under the settlement, Escondido will be divided into four districts with each district to be represented by a Council member living within that district.  The Mayor will continue to represent the entire City. The districts will be determined by a Redistricting Commission consisting of 7 members.  The members will be chosen by a selection panel of retired San Diego County judges.   After the District boundaries are drawn, they are submitted to the City Council for final up or down approval.  Districts may be re-drawn every 10 years if required by changes in the population as reflected in the census.    The first Independent Redistricting Commission must be chosen by September 1, 2013 and the Council must approve any proposed boundaries at least four months before the November 2014 election.    

Districts are chosen according to legal requirements in the United States Constitution and the federal Voting Rights Act and shall have reasonably equal populations.  Districts are to be geographically contiguous, and encourage geographic compactness.   To the extent possible, they shall respect the geographic neighborhood and community of interest, including any racial, ethnic, or language minorities. 

The City will reimburse Plaintiff’s attorney fees and costs of $385,000.   In addition to the City’s in-house legal costs, the City has spent approximately $200,000 in defending the case and preparing the settlement.     

 

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Registration Now Open for Spring Break Camp

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE; Contact: Joel Agg (760) 839-4382 - Be sure your child does not miss out on an unforgettable Spring Break! Escondido Recreation is currently accepting registration for spring break youth programs. The On Track Kid’s Camp and the Counselor in Training Programs will be offered March 25th – April 5th while schools are out for Spring Break.

The On Track Kid’s Camp is offered for campers ages 5 to 12 and is jam packed with outrageous games, arts & crafts and special events! Weekly field trip packages are available as well including trips to Knott’s Berry Farm and the San Diego Zoo.

If your teen is looking for a great way to have a blast while gaining valuable work experience the Counselor in Training Program is the perfect opportunity!  The C.I.T. Program strives to teach teens ages 13 to 15 the importance of communication, teamwork and responsibility by teaching valuable job skills. The teens will have the opportunity to utilize their skills by volunteering in the On Track Kid’s Camp Program.

This year Escondido Recreation is committed to providing the same high quality programs at a new lower cost! Your child can attend the On Track Kid’s Camp or the C.I.T. Program for as low as $85 per week! Financial assistance is available for families with low to moderate income levels through the City of Escondido’s Share a Dream Scholarship Fund. Scholarship applications are available at City Hall, the EastValleyCommunity Center or online.

To register for camp or the C.I.T. program or for more information, please contact Escondido Recreation at (760) 839-4382 or visit us online at www.recreation.escondido.org

 

 

Escondido Appoints 2 Police Captains

Escondido City Manager Clay Phillips announced today that Police Lieutenants Craig Carter and Michael Loarie have been promoted to the position of Police Captain effective Sunday, March 3, 2013. 

In making these announcements today, City Manager Clay Phillips noted, “We are fortunate to have the in-house talent that allows us to promote from within. Both Craig and Mike will bring outstanding leadership, interpersonal and technical skills to the Police Department’s executive management team.” 

Craig Carter has worked for the Escondido Police Department since 1992 when he was hired as a Police Officer Trainee after previously serving as a Reserve Police Officer. He has risen through the ranks serving as Police Officer until he was promoted to Sergeant in 1998.   In January 2005 he was promoted to Lieutenant.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Bellevue University.

Mike Loarie began his career with the Escondido Police Department in May 1989 as a Police Officer, previously serving as a Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Deputy. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1997 and then Lieutenant in January 2005.   Mike holds a Master’s Degree in Executive Leadership/Business Administration from the University of San Diego, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Leadership/Management from Azusa Pacific University.

A badge pinning ceremony will take place at the March 20, 2013 City Council meeting at 4:30 p.m.

 

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Park Avenue Saturday Night Dance In Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Mary Rodelo, 760-839-4678

Slip into your dancing shoes and come on down to the Park Avenue Community Center for a fun night of live music, dancing, refreshments, and door prizes.  Join us on Saturday March 2nd for this special dance event featuring the live music of The Calico Ridge Band.  This highly acclaimed band which includes Charly & Calico Ridge, is an award winning variety dance band that plays a mix of Rock, Pop, Swing, Oldies, Disco, R&B, Blues, Latin, Country and original music. This band is great for swing, line dancing, two step, cha-cha, and much more. 

Singles and couples are invited to these exciting monthly Saturday Night Dances. Entry fee is only $4 per person which includes live music, refreshments, and door prizes. The City of Escondido’s Park Avenue Community Center is located at 210 Park Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025.  These dances are always held on the first Saturday of each month from 7 p.m. -  9 p.m.

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

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Annual State of the City Address

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Mayor Sam Abed will hold Escondido’s Annual State of the City Address at a morning meeting co-sponsored by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce.  The event will be held in the Conference Center of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 beginning with an optional breakfast at 7:45 a.m. followed by the program at 8:30 a.m.  Financial expert, George Chamberlin will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.

The breakfast is available for $15 per person. To make your reservation for breakfast, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 760-839-4631 or bbjork@escondido.org or make your reservation online at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=eoyxpfjab&oeidk=a07e6o6w3et8a81b7d1 

The deadline to reserve breakfast is 5:00 p.m. February 11, 2013.  For information on sponsorships, please contact the Escondido Chamber of Commerce, 760-745-2125.

 

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Economic Development Director Appointed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Clay Phillips, 760-839-4631

Escondido City Manager Clay Phillips announced today the promotion of long-time city employee Joyce Masterson to the newly created position of Director of Economic Development and Community Relations.

Ms. Masterson has been employed by the City of Escondido for twenty-five years and currently serves as the Assistant to the City Manager, a position she has held for ten years.  For the past two years, she has played a prominent role in the City’s Economic Development efforts including overseeing the creation of the Economic Development Master Plan and Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), as well as the City Council’s Action Plan.  Prior to that, she served as the Project Manager for the Public Safety Facilities Project, overseeing the construction of 4 new fire stations and the joint Police and Fire Headquarters funded by the $84.3 million Proposition P Bond Measure.

Ms. Masterson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brooklyn College.  She is a member of the California Association for Local Economic Development and the California Association of Public Information Officials.

In making the announcement City Manager Clay Phillips noted, “Economic Development is a high priority for Escondido and this new position completes the structural changes we needed to ensure the appropriate visibility and leadership for our economic development efforts.  Joyce has a proven track record and a full awareness of the issues facing the community’s economic development efforts.”

Ms. Masterson’s salary will be $122,612.

 

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City Hall to Be Open Monday Through Friday Again

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Beginning Tuesday, January 22, 2013 Escondido City Hall operating hours will be restored to full time and will be open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

In making this announcement, Mayor Sam Abed said, “We are very pleased to provide full time city services to the general public.  The additional cost of the full schedule will be covered under the balanced budget policy approved by the City Council in 2011.  With the improved economic activities in Escondido, it is important that we provide the residents, businesses and visitors with the highest level of service they expect from our city.

Escondido City Hall has been closed every Friday since January 2009 as a cost savings measure resulting from the recession. Prior to that, City Hall was closed on every other Friday since 1993 when a 9/80 work schedule was implemented. 

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Escondido R.O.C.K.S.! Logo Contest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Danielle Lopez, 760-839-4517


The City of Escondido is holding a contest to create a logo for its Escondido R.O.C.K.S! (Recreational  Opportunities for City Kids) initiative which is designed to enhance the quality of life for youth in Escondido, ages 8 to 18, by encouraging them to participate in positive community activities.  This contest is open to all high school students in Escondido. The designer of the logo that best represents Escondido R.O.C.K.S!, will be awarded $250.

Entries must be submitted by email to dmlopez@escondido.org by January 16, 2013. Please include your name, school, grade, and contact information with your submission.   The logo design must contain Escondido R.O.C.K.S! and must be submitted as a scalable vector graphic in EPS format, and/or as a JPEG. The logo will be used online, in print, on marketing materials and other public media. Flexibility is a key requirement, including the ability to resize easily and look good in black and white as well as color. The final version of the logo will need to be suitable for high quality printing.  For a complete list of the official contest rules, please contact Danielle Lopez at dmlopez@escondido.org. The winner will be announced on January 22, 2013. All entries will be displayed at two community events in April: the Escondido R.O.C.K.S! SMART Festival on April 13th and Dia Del Nino on April 27th.

The mission of Escondido R.O.C.K.S!  is to celebrate and promote healthy youth development through community collaborations and to increase youth participation in extracurricular activities. Through our efforts, relationships between service providers will be strengthened and the resources of the partners will be maximized.

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Free Public Tours of City Hall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Free guided tours of Escondido City Hall are now being offered on a quarterly basis on the first Thursday of January, April, July, and October. The next tour will be held on January  3, 2013 and will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the City Hall lobby, 201 N. Broadway. The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes. No reservations are required.

Tours for school groups may be arranged by contacting the Community Services Department at 760-839-4691.

Completed in 1988, Escondido City Hall was the first phase of the Escondido Civic Center. The building was awarded the prestigious Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence in 1989. City Hall represents innovative, functional, state-of-the-art, cost-effective solutions to many specific City needs. City Hall was designed with an anticipation of the future, as well as an appreciation of the past, and is a superb example of how architecture can reflect the heart of the community and inspire civic pride.

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