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Escondido Secures First Sponsor of AMGEN Tour of California


CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, 760-8394621

Escondido, Calif. (Dec. 19, 2012)—Escondido city officials announced today they have received a pledge of $50,000 from David and Rebecca Vigil to support local initiatives surrounding the AMGEN Tour of California, considered America’s largest and most prestigious professional road cycling stage race. The City of Escondido, which was selected as the official start location for the 2013 event, will host Stage 1 of the race on Sunday, May 12, 2013.

Mr. Vigil, a 1979 graduate of Escondido High and a Sr. Vice-President at Qualcomm, is a longtime cycling enthusiast and has logged many miles on the same roads AMGEN Tour pros will race. He and his wife Rebecca, a 1978 graduate of San Pasqual High, were major supporters of Escondido’s final stage of the 2009 AMGEN Tour of California. 

In making the announcement, Joyce Masterson, Assistant to the City Manager, said, “We are delighted that Dave and Rebecca Vigil are the first to step up in such dramatic support of the race and we hope they will motivate other community-minded individuals and businesses to recognize the benefits of being a sponsor and supporting this event within the community.”

“I am excited that the roads North County cyclists have known about and been passionately riding for years are going to take center stage at the start of the 2012 AMGEN Tour,” said donor David Vigil. “Cycling can be enjoyed at any age, and I’m proud to support an event that will expose the community to the sport in such a significant way.”

Escondido officials have committed to providing certain city services and race expenses at an estimated cost of approximately $475,000.  Sponsorship packages at a variety of levels are being offered as a way to offset those costs.. Information about sponsorships is available on the city’s website at:   Additional information about the race or volunteer opportunities is available at 





"Walk 27" in Memory of the Sandy Hook School Victims


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Across the country and around the world, people will be walking for 27 minutes on Friday morning, one minute to honor the memory of each victim of last Friday’s tragic shooting in Newtown, CT. The walk is scheduled begin at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time and all walks will start simultaneously.

A local Walk 27 Escondido open to anyone who wishes to participatewill begin at precisely 6:30 a.m. on Friday, December 21, 2012 in front of Escondido City Hall.  From there, the walk will proceed north along Broadway, then west on Woodward, south on Escondido Blvd, east on Valley Parkway, north at Broadway to once again pass City Hall, and end within Grape Day Park.  Each victim’s name will be read along the way, each followed by one minute of silence.

Participants are asked to wear green and white, Sandy Hook’s school colors. 



Nominations Sought for City Council Awards


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

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

If you know of an Escondido resident who has made a significant impact to the community, please obtain a City Council Awards nomination form by calling the City Manager’s Office (760-839-4631) or you may download a copy from the City’s web site:

Categories include, but are not limited to: Arts, Business, Charity, Community Beautification, Diversity, Education, Environment, Heroism, Historic Preservation, and Youth.  The deadline for nomination is 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16, 2013.

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 presentation on Wednesday, February 20, 2013.


Mr. Scrooge and Mr. Dickens Live Theatre Event in Escondido


Contact Karen Williams, 760-839-4046

Come see the theatrical production, “Mr. Scrooge & Mr. Dickens,” an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic, “A Christmas Carol” which is sure to be a treat for the entire family. Choose from six exciting shows including two matinee and four evening productions.  The matinee shows will be at 4 pm on Saturday, December 15 and 22.  The evening shows will be at 7 pm on Friday and Saturday, December 14, 15, 21, and 22.  Priced for the entire community, the matinee shows are donation only, and the evening shows are just $7 adults/$5 children under 12 and seniors 60 and older.  All performances will be held at the Park Avenue Community Center (home of Escondido Senior Center), 210 East Park Avenue,  Escondido. Purchase your tickets at Park Avenue Community Center, Escondido City Hall (201 N. Broadway) or the East Valley Community Center (2245 East Valley Parkway).  Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Tickets can be purchased at the door, only if there are still seats available for each performance. 

The play is a faithful adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic "A Christmas Carol" with a fascinating new embellishment: Dickens himself appears onstage to read sections from the work -- primarily passages describing the people and places of Victorian England, an aspect generally lost in adaptations of "A Christmas Carol." The production is further enhanced by carolers, dancers, computer-controlled lighting, music, and powerful sound effects. There will also be a surprise visit by Santa at the end of the show.

For the past several years, the play has been performed to sell-out audiences to benefit several San Diego theater mainstays including Patio Playhouse and the Poway Performing Arts Company.  This year, 100% of the proceeds will benefit children and seniors in Escondido by supplementing the Share a Dream Scholarship Program and the Park Avenue Senior Nutrition Program. For more information please call Park Avenue Community Center at 760--839-4688.


Portion of Jesmond Dene Park Playground to Close Temporarily


Contact: Antone Oliveira, 760-839-4665

The City of Escondido temporarily will close the northern children's playground at Jesmond Dene Park, 2401 N. Broadway, starting Monday, November 26, 2012 and it will remain closed until Friday, December 7th, 2012.  The closure is necessary to remove silt from the playground area,  re-establish drainage flows and replace the mulch in the playground areas. The southern playground  also will be closed for a short period within this two week period to replace the mulch also. One playground will remain open during park hours.



Learn More about the Asian Citrus Psyllid Pest


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The California Department of Food & Agriculture is hosting a second open house in Escondido on Tuesday, Nov. 20, due to another find of the Asian Citrus Psyllid  in the city. If you would like  to learn more about the Asian citrus psyllid pest, HLB disease and the response to the find, please plan to attend the meeting to be held on:

Tuesday, Nov. 20

5:30pm to 7pm

Escondido Public Library

Turrentine Room-2nd Floor

239 South Kalmia Street

Escondido, CA  92025


Esondido To Study Allowing Food Trucks


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The City of Escondido is considering changing the municipal code to allow food trucks to operate in Escondido during special events.  An informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in the Mitchell Room at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway, to solicit  feedback from the public about this issue.

Currently food vending vehicles that serve hot foods prepared in the vehicle are not permitted in the City of Escondido on public or private property. The City has received requests to allow them from food truck owners, special event organizers and the general public.   The City also has heard concerns about the possibility of food trucks negatively impacting existing business, especially “brick and mortar” restaurants.

Following the informational meeting in November, public hearings will be held by the Planning Commission and City Council in early 2013.  For more information, or to voice comments, please visit the city’s website at



Escondido Police Chief to Retire in December


Contact: Dick Castle, 760-802-4495 or Sheryl Bennett, 760-839-4589

Escondido city officials reported today that Escondido police Chief has announced his plans to retire at the end of the year. Maher has served with Escondido Police Department for 32 years, and was previously a U.S. Military Marine Corps Police Officer for 4 years.      

 "I have been fortunate to serve the community and the men and women of this department as Chief for the past 6 years. We have an excellent Police Department. I have been honored to lead them as their Police Chief. It is hard to leave, but it is clear to me that it is time to move on, " Chief Maher said.
Chief Maher has been on administrative leave since September 12th 2012. A personnel investigation was initiated and the Chief was interviewed as a witness. The investigation is ongoing and further details will not be discussed publicly due to confidentiality rules.


Escondido's General Plan Environmental Documents Win Honors


Contact: Jay Petrek, 760-839-4556

Environmental documents for Escondido’s updated General Plan, portions of which are on the November 6 election ballot for voter approval as Proposition N, won top honors in a regional competition conducted by the San Diego Chapter of the Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP).

An independent panel of judges evaluated the documents that assessed the General Plan’s environmental impacts, climate action planning, and traffic analysis and awarded Escondido first place in every category. Results of the competition were announced in San Diego on October 24, 2012:

  • Escondido’s Draft Climate Action Plan won “Outstanding Environmental Resource Document.”
  • Escondido’s General Plan Update Traffic Impact Analysis won “Outstanding Technical Report.”
  • Escondido’s General Plan Update, Downtown Specific Plan Update, Climate Action Plan EIR won “Outstanding Environmental Analysis.”

The documents were prepared by Atkins Consultants (the Traffic Analysis was conducted by Linscott Law and Greenspan as a sub-consultant to Atkins) under contract with the Planning Division and judged against very stiff competition. Other projects in the competition included San Diego’s Convention Center Phase III Expansion EIR, the Balboa Park Plaza Project EIR, Palomar College Campus Park Biological Technical Report, Sycuan Band Cultural Resource Management Plan, and more.


Escondido and ACLU Reach Agreement on Checkpoint Protests


CONTACT: Lt. Tom Albergo, 760-839-4901

Escondido City Manager Clay Phillips announced today that an agreement has been reached with the ACLU regarding the public’s expression of their First Amendment Rights to object or support daytime and nighttime checkpoints. Under the agreement the operational area of daytime checkpoints will not include any portion of a public sidewalk normally accessible to pedestrians, unless the checkpoint is conducted in a location where it is necessary to close a portion of sidewalk to create a distance of 15 feet between the public and the officers conducting the screening.  Night time checkpoints that require additional equipment, such as generators, and lights may involve the closure of sidewalks as part of the operational area. 

Commenting on the announcement, Acting Police Chief Cory Moles stated, “This agreement allows the Escondido Police Department  to continue with our traffic checkpoints to ensure community safety, while also protecting the First Amendment Rights of our citizens.”

The agreement allows the Escondido Police Department (EPD) to continue controlling and closing areas normally open to the public in the event of a police investigation, pursuit, or other emergency or exigent circumstances that occur during the course of a traffic checkpoint.  The agreement also allows EPD to continue having the ability to conduct traffic safety checkpoints, both during the day and at night.  Nothing in the agreement prohibits any police officer from making a lawful and constitutional stop or arrest.  The agreement further states that if EPD allows members of the press to enter an operational area the individual plaintiffs must be provided equivalent access for a tour, but such access is limited to one time per location and will not exceed 15 minutes per tour.  The City has agreed to reimburse ACLU attorney fees of $7,300.

On May 24, 2012, the City of Escondido was served with a complaint filed in Federal District Court by lawyers for the ACLU, which alleged that on three separate occasions the Escondido police officers and California Highway Patrol officers infringed upon Plaintiffs’ First Amendment Rights to free speech by prohibiting protesting activities at checkpoints conducted in the City of Escondido.  The Plaintiffs sought monetary damages as well as an injunction prohibiting the City and CHP from further infringing upon their rights to free speech. 


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