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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. 


Backyard Citrus Threatened by Devastating Disease


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

In March 2012, Huanglongbing (HLB), a plant disease considered a death sentence for California citrus, was discovered in Los Angeles, putting homeowners on high alert. While not harmful to humans or pets, once a citrus tree is infected with HLB, there is no cure and it will die. The disease can be spread by a pest called the Asian citrus psyllid, and the pest has been found near the city of Escondido. The best way to protect citrus trees from the disease is to control the psyllid population. Help protect your backyard citrus trees by:

  • Inspecting citrus trees for signs of the pest and disease each month or whenever watering, spraying, pruning or tending trees.
  • Calling the California Department of Food & Agriculture hotline at 1-800-491-1899 if any suspicious pests or symptoms of HLB are found. 
  • Not bringing any plant material into California from other states or countries and not moving citrus plants out of quarantined areas, because they might be carrying psyllids or be infected with HLB.
  • Only buying citrus trees from reputable, licensed California nurseries.
  • Drying or double bagging plant clippings before placing in green waste recycle bins to avoid moving psyllids and HLB-infected plant material.
  • Cooperating with agriculture officials on detection and suppression efforts of the Asian citrus psyllid and HLB.

 For more information and to find out what to look for, visit



Voter Registration Deadline Approaching


Contact: Diane Halverson, 760-839-4617

Escondido City Clerk Diane Halverson reminds residents that Monday, October 22 is the last day to register to vote in the General Election to be held November 6, 2012.

City Hall will remain open until midnight on Monday, October 22 to accept voter registration cards.  During regular business hours, you may register at the City Clerk’s Office.  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, October 22.

 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.



Nighttime Street Paving of Grand Avenue


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Beginning Monday, October 15 through Thursday, October 18, 2012, eastbound and westbound Grand Avenue from Maple Street to Centre City Parkway will be closed from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. for street repaving.  The street will be open during the daytime hours.

The work will be performed by George Weir Asphalt and is being done at night to minimize the impact on the surrounding business area.


Free Public Tours of City Hall and Police & Fire Headquarters


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 October 4, 2012 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 of the Police and Fire Headquarters, 1163 N. Centre City Parkway, are available by appointment. Please contact Community Service Officer Roberta Akans at 760-839-4961 or

School groups wishing to tour City Hall may arrange to do so by contacting the Community Services Department at 760-839-4691.



Traffic Advisory for Sheridan Avenue


Contact: Neil Greenwood, 760-839-4078

Motorists are advised that Sheridan Avenue, between Conway and Esperanza Streets, will be closed effective September 19, 2012 through October 15, 2012 due to a water line replacement project.

Persons with questions or comments, may contact the Utilities Division at 760-839-4078.


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