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Escondido Town Hall Meeting


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido Mayor Sam Abed will hold a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. in the Mitchell Room at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway.  The purpose of the meeting is to address any questions or concerns citizens may have on any topic relating to local government. The event is free and no reservations are required.

The meeting will begin with a brief overview of city services by Departments Heads, followed by an open question and answer period.


City Goes Live With Online Video Tourbook


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Visitors, businesses and residents interested in taking a virtual tour of Escondido can now do so from the City of Escondido’s official Web site at

Featured in the City’s newly launched “Video Tourbook” are 10 one-minute professionally produced videos covering a range of topics.   In addition to a welcome message by Mayor Sam Abed, the collection includes videos highlighting Escondido’s arts and entertainment offerings, restaurants, real estate and historic downtown.  The community video site also features the logos and videos of local businesses who have signed on as sponsors of the program.

Escondido’s Video Tourbook is made possible through a partnership with CGI Communications, an internet marketing company headquartered in Rochester, NY.  CGI worked closely with City of Escondido staff to produce the community videos, and the program is offered at no cost to the City.


New On-line Option for Water Bill Payment


Contact: Gil Rojas, 760-839-4322

In response to customer feedback, the City of Escondido is pleased to announce that it has implemented a new on-line bill payment option for City water customers. Customers can save time and money with this option by no longer having to travel to City Hall to pay their bill or by saving a stamp. All customers with access to a computer will be able to pay their bill through the new secure on-line system using a credit card. There is no additional fee for this option and customers are able to pay with Visa and MasterCard or with debit cards with a Visa or MasterCard logo.

City water customers can access the on-line payment option by visiting the City of Escondido’s official website at and clicking the link that can be found on the City’s homepage or in the Utility Billing section. Customers will need their 10 digit account number and their assigned pin which can be found on their bill.

The on-line payment option can be accessed Monday through Friday from 3am to 11pm and all day Saturday and Sunday. The system will be down for maintenance on Wednesdays from 6:00 am to 6:15 am. Payments made before 4:00 pm on a business day will post the same day and payments made after 4:00 pm will be posted the next business day. Business days are Monday through Thursday with the exception of legal holidays.

Customers still have the option to pay by mail, pay in person, and use the auto pay service. If you have questions about paying your water bill, please contact one of our friendly customer service representatives in the Utility Billing Department at 760-839-4682.

Clarification About City Consultant


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido City Manager Clay Phillips announced today that there was no truth to the assertion made at the March 16, 2011 City Council meeting that Charles Black, a consultant representing the City of Escondido in minor league ballpark negotiations with the Moorad Group, was a current member of the Padres’ Board of Directors. The assertion appears to have been based on erroneous information found on the Bloomberg Businessweek website.

City officials noted that Charles Black, of C.B. Urban Development, was chosen to assist Escondido with its ballpark negotiations because of his years of experience in the development of Petco Park and other municipal projects, including the San Diego Civic Center and the Convention Center expansion.

Mr. Black had been member of the San Diego Padres Board of Directors prior to 2005. He was formerly president of the Padres and had responsibility for the development of Petco Park. In late 2002 he left the Padres and was employed by JMI (John Moores Interest) with responsibility for developing the ballpark district in San Diego. He continued in that role until early 2006 and then became regional manager for the Irvine Company, LLC.

The City is in negotiations with Jeff Moorad to build a Triple A ballpark in Escondido. Mr. Moorad was not affiliated with the San Diego Padres during Mr. Black’s association with the Padres.


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