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Temporary Shut Off of Water at Vineyard Golf Course

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Christopher McKinney, 619-756-2570

On Thursday, August 4, maintenance workers of the Vineyard Golf Course in Escondido attempted repairs to the course’s drinking water system.  After the work was completed, Vineyard staff were concerned that the drinking water and recycled water systems had been accidentally cross connected during the repairs.  The City of Escondido was notified and City staff confirmed the cross connection after investigation.  The water supply to the course was immediately shut off.  The cross connection existed for less than two hours.

 

City staff immediately alerted the San Diego County Department of Public Heath, repaired the water system to remove the cross connection, and began flushing the system with drinking water.  The water supply to the course will remain off to allow time for thorough water quality testing.  Portable toilets and bottled water have been brought on site, so The Vineyard Golf Course will remain open for golf during the water outage.

 

Recycled water is used at the Vineyard Golf Course for irrigation.  It is safe for limited body contact but is not safe for drinking or swimming.

 

 

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New Weekday Hours Announced for Queen Califia's Magical Circle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

August 1, 2016                                            

CONTACT: Kristina Owens, 760-839-4519                                     

QUEEN CALIFIA’S MAGICAL CIRCLE ANNOUNCES NEW WEEKDAY HOURS

Beginning on August 9, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. until noon, weather permitting.  Queen Califia’s Magical Circle will continue to be open on Second Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon with docents on site to provide information and answer questions. “The City is excited to be able to add regular weekday hours for the community to explore and enjoy this unique and interactive sculpture garden.” said Jay Petrek, assistant city manager.

Queen Califia's Magical Circle is the only American sculpture garden and the last major international project created by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002). Inspired by California's mythic, historic, and cultural roots, the garden consists of nine large-scale sculptures, a circular "snake wall" and maze entryway, sculpturally integrated bench seating and native shrubs and trees planted within the interior plaza and along the outer perimeter. The garden bears the brilliant, unique mosaic ornamentation that is an unmistakable part of de Saint Phalle's later work.

Additional information is available at (760) 839-4000 or www.queencalifia.org.

 

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Temporary Road Closure

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

 

Due to the installation of new utilities and surface improvements, the City of Escondido advises motorists of the following road closure:

 

  • The north bound lane of Ash Street from Vista Ave. to Lehner Ave. will be closed now through Thursday,  August 11, 2016.

 

Detour signs will be posted and all work will be performed between 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. These improvements are being done by a sub-contractor for a nearby housing construction project that is currently underway. The work is being done during the summer months to lessen the impact on neighboring resident and schools which are on summer recess.

 

Persons with questions or comments about the work on northbound Ash may contact City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspector Ricardo Cervantes  at 760-807-1109.

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Queen Califia's Magical Circle Open This Saturday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          

CONTACT: Kristina Owens, 760-839-4519                                                       

 

QUEEN CALIFIA’S MAGICAL CIRCLE OPEN THIS SATURDAY

 

Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public this Saturday July 9, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Queen Califia docents will be on site to answer questions. 

Queen Califia's Magical Circle is the only American sculpture garden and the last major international project created by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002). Inspired by California's mythic, historic, and cultural roots, the garden consists of nine large-scale sculptures, a circular "snake wall" and maze entryway, sculpturally integrated bench seating and native shrubs and trees planted within the interior plaza and along the outer perimeter. The garden bears the brilliant, unique mosaic ornamentation that is an unmistakable part of de Saint Phalle's later work. Complete restoration of the exhibit is underway and will continue for the next several months.

Photo courtesy of Kurt Lightfoot www.dejavuphotoservices.com

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Update on Fire At Talone's

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Rick Vogt, 760-839-5402

The Escondido Fire Department reports that the fire at the former Talone’s Meat Market at 559 N. Hale Avenue has been controlled.  City Building officials have “red tagged” the building, declaring it to be unstable and extremely dangerous for anyone to enter. The primary concern for the scene now is safety and the property has been secured by the owner. An emergency demolition permit has been issued to the property owner and the work is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, July 5.

 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. There is no estimate as to when the investigation will be completed.

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Update on Fire at Abandoned Building

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido Fire officials are continuing to mop up after this morning’s fire at the abandoned Talone’s Meat Market at 559 N. Hale Avenue in Escondido.  Power has been restored to the affected area.  The Sprinter will be reopening shortly.  A short section of Hale Avenue will remain closed between the railroad tracks and Tulip Street as the mop up continues.

The Police Department is optimistic that several trespassers who were feared to have been trapped in the building managed to escape, based on reported sightings of them.  Fire officials will conduct a search on Friday to confirm no other persons were in the building. Until the structural integrity of the building is assured and the remaining hot spots are extinguished, no one will be permitted to enter the building.

Escondido Fire was supported by neighboring fire agencies from Carlsbad, Deer Springs, Oceanside, San Diego, San Marcos, Valley Center, and Vista. At the peak of the fire, over 96 firefighters were on scene.

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Fire at Abandoned Building

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Fire broke out this morning at the abandoned Talone’s Meat Market at 559 N. Hale Avenue in Escondido.  The Escondido Fire Department was dispatched at 8:52 a.m. and found the fire had already broken through the roof.  The four-alarm fire is still active and officials expect to remain on scene for at least another five hours.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area due to numerous road closures in the vicinity. The Sprinter Light Rail has been shut down between the Escondido Transit Center and the Nordahl Station.  North County Transit District is providing bus services for customers between those two stations.  San Diego Gas and Electric has also shut down power in the area which is affecting businesses located on Hale Avenue between Metcalf Avenue and Auto Park Way and from Hale Avenue south to Valley Parkway.

It is too early to determine the cause of the fire, but an investigation will get underway once it is safe for fire fighters to enter the building.

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MLB to Dedicate New Baseball Diamond in Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Major League Baseball and the San Diego Padres Foundation will hold a dedication ceremony for a new baseball diamond at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego - Conrad Prebys Branch (115 Woodward Avenue) on July 9, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

This site was chosen by MLB as a 2016 All-Star Community Legacy project. An existing parking lot and green space has been transformed into a multi-purpose baseball diamond complete with manual scoreboard, moveable fences and a large shade structure.

Escondido Mayor Sam Abed, who will participate in the dedication ceremony, expressed appreciation for the legacy project, noting, “Thanks to the generosity of MLB and the Padres, countless children in our community will have the chance to realize their dreams both on and off the field.”

“This project would not be possible without the long-term partnership between the City of Escondido and the Boys & Girls Club. We are grateful for the support of a caring community,” said BGCGSD President/CEO Danny Sherlock.

The 2016 All-Star Legacy initiative includes community improvement projects designed to leave a lasting impact throughout Greater San Diego. The charitable program is done in tandem with the upcoming 87th MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard on Tuesday, July 12th. The initiative is made possible by the donation of nearly $5 million toward these local projects that support youth or veterans, as well as to national charitable organizations.

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City Pools Closed on July 4th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Micaela Doucette, 760-839-4530

Washington Park Pool and James A. Stone Pool will be closed on Monday, July 4, 2016 in observance of Independence Day. Open Swim times will resume on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at Washington Park Pool.

Open Swim Hours for the 2016 Season are as follows:

James Stone Pool - 131 West Woodward Ave

Begins June 11 through August 21

Saturdays 2-6 pm and Sundays 12-4 pm

 

Washington Park Pool - 501 North Rose Street

Begins June 11 through August 21

Mondays - Thursdays 1-3 pm

Fridays 1-4 pm

Saturdays 2-6 pm

Sundays 12-4 pm

 

For more information please call 760-839-4691 or visit www.recreation.escondido.org

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Temporary Road Closure

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

 

Due to the installation of new utilities and surface improvements, the City of Escondido advises motorists of the following road closure:

 

  • The north bound lane of Ash Street from Vista Ave. to Lehner Ave. will be closed now  through Thursday, July 15, 2016.  However, the south bound lane in this section will remain open at all times.

 

Detour signs will be posted and all work will be performed between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. These improvements are being done by contractors for nearby housing construction projects that are currently underway. The work is being done during the summer months to lessen the impact on neighboring resident and schools which are on summer recess.

 

Persons with questions or comments about the work on northbound Ash may contact City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspector Ricardo Cervantes  at 760-807-1109.

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