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Temporary Road Closure on Hickory Street

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Randy Manns, 760-839-6290, ext. 7031

Due to the installation of new recycled water pipes, the City of Escondido advises motorists that Hickory Street between Washington Avenue & Valley Parkway will be closed during construction.  A full closure of the street will be in effect Thursday, January 28, 2016 through Friday, February 12, 2016.  Detour signs will be posted. All work to be performed between (8:00AM to 4:00PM). No vehicles will be able to access either side of Hickory Street via the Escondido Creek Canal bridge, including emergency vehicles.

 

Residents and businesses will have driveway access at all times along Hickory St. (between Washington Ave. and Valley Parkway). However, gaining access to those points during the full road closure will be limited to either using Washington Ave. or Valley Parkway; no through traffic (across the Escondido Creek Canal bridge) will be allowed.

Persons with questions or comments may contact Greg Gomez, Resident Engineer at (760) 902-7249, Mark Lewis, City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspector II, at 760-807-1121 or Wayne Papac, MBL Project Construction Manager at 619-247-7828.

 

The new pipes are part of the City’s Recycled Water Easterly Main Extension Project which will deliver reclaimed water to eastern Escondido.

 

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"Dine Out Escondido" - Jan. 24-30,2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Katherine Zimmer, 760-839-4777 or Katherine@visitescondido.com

 

Escondido is hosting its third annual “Dine Out Escondido!” culinary tourism program promoting 28 local restaurants. 10 restaurants are located around town, such as Vintana Wine + Dine and Cocina del Charro, and 18 restaurants are in the heart of historic downtown, walkable to art galleries, theatre, shopping and museums.

 

In partnership with California Restaurant Month, Visit Escondido produces the successful annual Dine Out Escondido! Restaurant Week during the last week in January. “With 28 local eateries offering diverse specials, our restaurant week gives everyone a chance to visit their favorites and create delicious new experiences,” said Katherine Zimmer, Tourism and Marketing Administrator for the City of Escondido. And the timing is perfect, immediately following San Diego Restaurant Week.

 

The culinary scene in Escondido has exploded with many new restaurant openings and nine new participants in this year’s Dine Out Escondido! program, including The Wooden Spoon, Cute Cakes, Burger Bench, Hacienda de Vega, and the newly opened Black Angus Steakhouse.

 

For details of participating restaurants and their specials, go to www.VisitEscondido.com

 

Participating Restaurants:

Downtown…

A Delight of France Bistro & Bakery

Bellamy’s Restaurant

Burger Bench

Cuscatlan Salvadorian Cuisine

Cute Cakes

EscoGelato

Il Forno Ristorante

Intertwined Bistro & Wine Bar

Jalapeño Grill

Kettle Coffee & Tea

La Tapatia

Mi Guadalajara

Plan 9 Alehouse

Sunny Side Kitchen

The Continental Deli

The Grand Tea Room

Vincent’s

Vinz Wine Bar

 

Around town…

Black Angus Steakhouse

Carin de Ria

Chili’s Grill & Bar

Cocina Del Charro

Hacienda de Vega

Offbeat Brewing Company

On The Border

North County Tavern+Bowl

The Wooden Spoon

Vintana Wine + Dine

              

About Visit Escondido

Visit Escondido promotes Escondido’s great variety of attractions, events, and things to do in the heart of San Diego’s North County Inland area. Escondido is home to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido and renowned events such as Cruisin’ Grand, as well as scenic and urban wineries, craft breweries, unique arts & theatre, diverse culinary experiences, and a vibrant historic downtown. Additionally, there are many outdoor activities to take advantage of in the beautiful year-round climate including golf, hiking, biking, fishing, equestrian and sporting events.

Go to www.VisitEscondido.com for a complete calendar of events, dining, lodging, arts, outdoor activities and attractions information. The Visitors Center is located at 235 East Grand Avenue and is open Tuesday-Friday, 10am-4pm. 760-839-4777

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Annual Recruitment for City Boards and Commissions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Diane Halverson, 760-839-4617

The City of Escondido is seeking volunteers to serve on a number of City Boards and Commissions. Interested citizens who would like to apply may file an application with the City Clerk’s Office no later than February 12, 2016.

 

Applications are being accepted for:

 

  • Building Advisory & Appeals Board
  • Community Services Commission
  • Historic Preservation Commission
  • Library Board of Trustees
  • Personnel Board of Review
  • Planning Commission
  • Public Art Commission
  • Transportation & Community Safety Commission

 

Volunteers serve for a four-year term, with the exception of the Library Board, which carries a three-year term.  Meeting times and subject matters are outlined in a Handbook available at the City Clerk’s Office or on the City’s website.  For further information concerning qualifications and an application form, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 201 North Broadway, Escondido, or call 760-839-4617.  You may access the website application form and handbook at http://www.escondido.org/boards-commissions.aspx

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Escondido Community Services Department Facility Holiday Closure

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Amy Shipley, 760-839-6269

In observance of the holidays, the City of Escondido's Community Services department facilities will have the following operating hours:

The Escondido Sports Center, located at 3315 Bear Valley Road, will close at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 24, 2015, and Thursday, December 31, 2015.  The Sports Center will be closed on Friday, December 25, 2015, and Friday, January 1, 2016. For information call 760.839.5425.

The Park Avenue Community Center, located at 210 Park Avenue, will close at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 24, 2015, and Thursday, December 31, 2015.  The Community Center will be closed on Friday, December 25, 2015 and Friday, January 1, 2016.  For information call 760.839.4688.

The East Valley Community Center, located at 2245 East Valley Parkway, will be closed on Friday, December 25 as well as Wednesday, December 30, 2015 through Friday, January 1, 2016 for maintenance. Weather permitting, the Community Center will reopen on Saturday, January 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information call 760-839-4382.

 

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Mayflower Dog Park Reopens

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       DATE: December 16, 2015                                                                      

CONTACT: Bud Oliveira, Deputy Director of Public Works, 760-839-4665

 

Mayflower Dog Park Reopens for Use

 

The Mayflower Dog Park has reopened for use as of December 16, 2015. The recent closure was a precautionary action as a result of a park user reporting their dog contracted parvovirus after a visit to the park. City staff contacted the County of San Diego's Department of Environmental Health, County Veterinarian, Dr. Nikos Gurfield, for information about parvovirus and what steps should be taken to protect dogs visiting the park. Dr. Gurfield explained the most effective way to protect a dog from contracting the virus is to have all dogs properly vaccinated against parvovirus, as well as other diseases such as distemper and rabies, before visiting the park. Dr. Gurfield added that it was very difficult to determine where a dog actually contracted the virus. City officials, after consulting with Dr. Gurfield, have decided that sterilizing the park grounds would not be a long term solution because the virus could be introduced to the park by a sick dog that was shedding parvovirus. Dr. Gurfield recommended that pet owners only bring healthy, fully vaccinated dogs to the park.

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Nominations Sought For City Council Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

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

The general public is encouraged to submit nominations of qualified members of the community for consideration. Award nomination forms can be obtained by calling the City Manager’s Office (760-839-4631) or by downloading  a copy from the City’s web site:

https://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/PDFs/AwardNominationForm2016.pdf

Categories include: Arts, Business, Community, Education, Public Safety, Historic Preservation, and Youth.  The deadline for nomination is 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26, 2016.

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 Address on Wednesday, February 24, 2016.

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Temporary Full Road Closure on Juniper Street

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Randy Manns, 760-839-6290 X7031

TEMPORARY FULL ROAD CLOSURE ON JUNIPER STREET, BETWEEN WASHINGTON AVE AND VALLEY PKWY.

Due to the installation of new recycled water pipes, the City of Escondido advises motorists that Juniper Street between Washington Avenue & Valley Parkway will be closed during construction.  A full closure of the street will be in effect Wednesday, December 16, 2015 through Wednesday, December 23, 2015.  Detour signs will be posted. All work to be performed between (8:00AM to 4:00PM). No vehicles will be able access either side of Juniper Street via the Escondido Creek Canal bridge, including emergency vehicles.

Residents and merchants along Juniper St. (between Washington Ave. and Valley Parkway) should still have access to their respective destinations. However, gaining access to those points during the full road closure will be limited to either using Washington Ave. or Valley Parkway; no through traffic (across the Escondido Creek Canal bridge) will be allowed.

Persons with questions or comments may contact Greg Gomez, Resident Engineer at (760) 902-7249, Mark Lewis, City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspector II, at 760-807-1121 or Wayne Papac, MBL Project Construction Manager at 619-247-7828.

The new pipes are part of the City’s Recycled Water Easterly Main Extension Project which will deliver reclaimed water to eastern Escondido.

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Temporary Closure of Mayflower Dog Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Loretta McKinney, 760-839-4871

Escondido City officials announced that Mayflower Dog Park, located at 3420 Valley Center Road,  will be closed from Tuesday, December 8, to Saturday, January 2, 2016 as a precautionary measure after a report of a dog who visited the park in late November came down with a case of Parvo. Escondido is choosing to be proactive in order to keep our animal family members safe.

 

For further information, call 760.839.4691.

 

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QUEEN CALIFIA’S MAGICAL CIRCLE OPEN TWO DAYS IN DECEMBER

NEWS RELEASE 

DATE: December 7, 2015                                                         

PHONE: 760-839-4519

CONTACT: Kristina Owens

 

QUEEN CALIFIA’S MAGICAL CIRCLE OPEN TWO DAYS IN DECEMBER

 

Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public on two days in December: This Saturday, December 12, and Sunday, December 27, 2015, both from 10 a.m. to 2 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.

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Flood Control Channel Maintenance in Preparation for El Nino

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Julie Procopio, 760-839-4001

The City of Escondido has been working on a plan to prepare for El Nino conditions for more than five years and has made significant progress on its channel maintenance project ever since permits recently were issued.  In 2010, the City began collecting data necessary to obtain permits from environmental agencies to allow cleaning of 63 of its highest priority concrete-lined and earthen channels.  Permit applications were submitted to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Regional Water Quality Control Board and US Army Corps of Engineers by  the summer 2013.  After working diligently with resource agency staff, permits were finally received in late August 2015.

 

The work to clean the channels began in haste in September 2015.  To date, 27 of the 63 channel segments have been cleaned. A risk-based assessment was used to prioritize the order of work to ensure that the channels with the highest risk of potential flooding were cleaned first.  Crews have cleaned over 3.5-miles of channel and have removed 1,475-tons of vegetation, 18-tons of trash and 890-tons of silt so far. Work will continue until all segments have been cleaned, and the permit will allow Public Works to re-visit sites on an annual basis.

 

In addition to channels, the City of Escondido maintains a storm drain system that consists of approximately 5,200 curb inlets and outlets, and many miles of underground storm drain pipe. In preparation for the predicted winter storms all City storm drain inlets and outlets have been inspected, cleaned and maintained as needed.

 

More detailed information on what the City has done and what you can do to prepare for the predicted El Nino rains can be found on the City’s website at  https://www.escondido.org/El-Nino-Preparations.aspx. In addition, this website contains helpful information on what to do during and after a storm.

 

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