Escondido’s Local History Archive Offers Extended Hours


CONTACT: Viktor Sjöberg, 760-839-4814

Escondido, CA – The Pioneer Room, Escondido Public Library’s local history archive, announces a new schedule of hours to better serve the community. With the new schedule, hours on Tuesdays are open to walk-in patrons and extend into the early evening. Hours on Wednesdays & Thursdays are initially open to walk-in patrons, followed by appointments to conduct research or confer with archival staff. The Pioneer Room’s new schedule of hours begins on Tuesday, March 7, 2017:

Tuesday                                 2:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday & Thursday     1:00 to 3:00 p.m.; 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. by appointment.

Appointments may be made by calling 760-839-4315.

Escondido Public Library’s Pioneer Room is the primary historical research center for the City of Escondido. The Pioneer Room identifies, collects, preserves, and provides access to a non-circulating collection of records, manuscripts, photos, and other significant resources of enduring historical, legal, administrative, and fiscal value.

Visitors to the Pioneer Room may consult the documents, photographs, maps, and other reference materials available to research a variety of local history topics, including historic homes and properties, biographies on individuals and families local to Escondido, and events pertaining to the history and development of Escondido and the surrounding region.

The Pioneer Room is located in the Mathes Community Center at 247 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025. For more information on the Pioneer Room and Escondido Public Library, visit or contact Adult Services Senior Librarian, Viktor Sjöberg, at 760-839-4814.


Escondido History Center Contributes Toward Cost of Grape Day Park Play Equipment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     

CONTACT: Michelle Geller (760) 839-4587

The Escondido History Center has generously contributed $3,050 toward the cost of the new play equipment installed at Grape Day Park in the fall of last year.

The new play equipment is one of the first phases of a multi-phase plan to expand and improve Grape Day Park.


Escondido Public Library’s Rincón Literario Book Club Meets in March


CONTACT: Cecy Rayphole, 760-839-4289

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room to discuss this month’s selection, El ruiseñor/The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah in both English and Spanish. The book is available for check-out in English and Spanish, and in a variety of formats, including print and eBook. Copies can be reserved at

New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah returns with a detailed historical fiction drama that follows two French sisters as they explore their own path to survival, love, and freedom during World War II.
Rincón Literario will continue on Saturday, April 22, 2017, discussing El océano al final del camino/The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public.

or more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit or contact Senior Library Associate Cecy Rayphole at 760-839-4289 or at Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido, California, 92025.


Traffic Alert: Lake Wohlford Road Closed

CONTACT: Clement Harris
PHONE: (760) 839-4885           

Lake Wohlford Road is closed between Foxley Drive and Oakvale Road due to mud slides caused by the recent rain. It will remain closed until this afternoon while crews clear mud, rocks and downed tree limbs.


Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses Death by Toilet Paper


CONTACT: Kristine Macalalad, 760-839-5458

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, will meet on Friday, March 24th, 2017, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Participants will explore Donna Gephart’s novel, Death by Toilet Paper. Registration is required and now open at Circulating copies of the book are available for checkout and can be obtained at the Youth Services desk, while supplies last. To reserve a copy, visit the Library’s catalog at

Seventh-grader Benjamin Epstein has had a lot on his mind lately. After losing his father to illness, what he wants most is to help his mother continue with her night classes and avoid eviction from their home. Luckily, Benjamin likes to enter sweepstakes contests.  His knack for thinking up catchy jingles has already helped him win coupons and a year's supply of instant oatmeal. Now he has set his sights on the Royal-T Bathroom Tissue slogan contest's $10,000 grand prize. When their landlord gives them four days to come up with the rent, it's a race to win the cash. Gephart treats a difficult subject with just the right amount of levity, and young readers will root for this determined, likable cast of characters.

The R.E.A.D. Book Club continues on May 19th, 2017, with The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm.

Library programs are free and open to the public. The R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information on this and other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at  or contact Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad at 760-839-5458 or Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.


Escondido City Council Appoints Interim City Manager

Contact: Jeffrey Epp

Phone: (760) 839-4897

During their closed session meeting today, the Escondido City Council received notification from current City Manager Graham Mitchell of his resignation, effective at the conclusion of the City Council meeting scheduled for March 8, 2017. 

The Escondido City Council appointed City Attorney Jeffrey Epp to serve as Interim City Manager while their recruitment process continues. Assistant City Attorney Michael McGuinness will serve as Interim City Attorney.

Formal action on these appointments is expected to occur at the March 1, 2017 City Council meeting. 


2017 City Council Awards

Congratulations to the following Escondido residents who were honored at the annual State of the City meeting on February 22, 2017 as recipients of the 2017 City Council Awards for their outstanding volunteer efforts.

Name: Dan Forster and Heather Moe

Field: Business


Name: Barbara Preston

Field: Arts


Name: Margie Ballard

Field: Compassion


Name: Robert Barrientos

Field: Community


Name: Don Piller

Field: Education


Name: Keith Roynon

Field: Youth


Name: Dominic Polito

Field: Public Safety


In addition, this year’s “Mayor’s Leadership Award” was presented to the Escondido Charitable Foundation.


Thank-you to all of these volunteers for their outstanding service to the people of Escondido.

Traffic Alert: Road Closure at Encino Drive

Contact: Dan Higbee (760) 839-4084


The north bound lane of Encino Drive between Bear Valley Parkway and Amparo Drive is closed due to a storm drain pipe failure. A detour route diverting traffic to Sunset Drive to the south and El Dorado Drive to the north has been established. Emergency vehicles will be granted access to Encino Drive.



Escondido Public Works Department Issues Storm Precautions for this Weekend

For Immediate Release

Date: February 17, 2017

Contact: Ed Domingue, Public Works Director (760) 839-4813

Weather forecasts indicate a strong storm approaching with high winds and 2" - 4" of rain beginning this afternoon. Due to the saturated ground conditions and forecasted high winds, the potential for fallen branches and trees, power outages, fallen power lines, flooding and adverse driving conditions is increased.  

Residents are advised to plan ahead and be alert. Up to ten sandbags, plus sand for filling them, will be provided to residents at Kit Carson Park located at 3333 Bear Valley Parkway. During regular business hours, residents can get bags from recreation staff at the park office near Fire Station #4. After hours, bags will be left near the amphitheater. Public Works staff will check during this rain event to keep supplies available.

To report fallen branches and trees, flooding or other storm-related issues, please call the Public Works Department at (760) 839-4668.


Council Extends City Manager's Contract

CONTACT: Michael McGuinness, (760) 839-4679

At their closed session meeting today, the Escondido City Council made the decision to extend Graham Mitchell’s contract as Escondido City Manager for an additional 30 days. Mr. Mitchell has been serving as Escondido’s City Manager since December 2015.

The City of Escondido's Human Resources Department has been assisting the City Council with their search for Mr. Mitchell's replacement by retaining the services of Peckham and McKenney, Inc. That executive search is underway.