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.



Escondido Public Library Teen Book Club Discusses Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli


CONTACT: Cathy Janovitz, 760-839-4283

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library’s Burritos & Book Club for teens ages 13-18, meets on Saturday, March 18, 2017, in the Turrentine Room from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli, is the selected title and copies are available for checkout at the Library’s Information Desk or can be reserved using the Library’s online catalog at library.escondido.org.  Students at Escondido High School, San Pasqual High School, and Orange Glen High School can also check out copies at their school library.

Sixteen-year old Simon is not one to step out of his comfort zone or be in the spotlight, unless he is starring in the school musical. When his personal email falls into the wrong hands, Simon is blackmailed by another student and must comply or else his secrets will become public knowledge. He must find the courage to be who he is, no matter what the cost. “Rife with realistic, high school relationships and drama, with a laugh or two at every turn, this is a coming-of-age, coming-out, and defying-the-odds story with which many teens will identify.” – School Library Journal.

After discussing Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, teens can share other books they have enjoyed and select the next Burritos & Book Club title. Complimentary burritos will be provided, and all participants receive a free book or audiobook at the end of the program. The next meeting will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library and Taco Bell located at 1944 E. Valley Parkway in Escondido. Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido, California. For more information about teen programs, contact Teen Librarian Cathy Janovitz at 760-839-4283 or cjanovitz@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library can be found at library.escondido.org.


Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents Virtual Strangers


CONTACT: David Frazee, 760-839-4839

Escondido, CA - Virtual Strangers will bring high energy bluegrass to Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series, March 11, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Virtual Strangers will play their award winning music in the tradition of bluegrass legends such as Earl Monroe and Flatt and Scruggs.

Virtual Strangers is a highly talented bluegrass band made up of Mike Tatar, Sr. on banjo; Yvonne Tatar on bass; guitarist Kit Birkett; and Jon Cherry on mandolin. They have played bluegrass festivals throughout the Western United States, and their three-part harmonies and driving beats have earned them top honors in the 4 Corners Band Contest, the Arizona Bluegrass Band contest, and the Southwest Bluegrass Play-offs.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series runs through May 2017 and features an array of classical, jazz, and other diverse musical styles. On April 8, 2017, the 2nd Saturday Concert Series welcomes Adrienne Nims and the Spirit Wind Trio.

For more information about this and future performances, visit library.escondido.org/concerts, or contact Librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4839.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series is free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025. For more information about other Library programs and services visit library.escondido.org.



2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova


CONTACT: Monica Barrette, 760-839-4836

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on March 14, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

When family patriarch Joe O’Brien is diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease, a fatal disorder with no cure, his family is stunned. Joe eventually is stripped of his police badge as his symptoms worsen. His adult children must decide whether to be tested for Huntington’s and face their sentence, or live with the anxiety of not knowing. Throughout this struggle, Inside the O’Briens beautifully examines the resilience of the human spirit. The 2nd Tuesday Book Club is facilitated by Library staff and is an opportunity to discover new perspectives and share impressions with other dedicated readers. New and returning participants are always welcomed.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on April 11, 2017 for a group discussion of Circling the Sun by Paula McLain. Library programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and are free to the public. For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit library.escondido.org or contact Adult Services Librarian, Monica Barrette at 760-839-4836. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. 


Escondido Writers Group Meets at Escondido Public Library


CONTACT: Cecy Rayphole, 760-839-4289

Escondido, CA – Escondido Writers Group meets at Escondido Public Library on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Writers of all genres are invited to join the Escondido Writers Group for an opportunity to improve their writing by participating in monthly readings and group critiques. Meet other writers and published authors, and learn from one another in a supportive environment. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their current writing projects to share and receive constructive feedback. Space is limited and registration is required: library.escondido.org/register.

Escondido Writers Group is free and open to the public. For more information about future meetings and other Library programs, visit library.escondido.org or contact Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.



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


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, February 25, 2017 from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room to discuss this month’s selection, Uno más uno/One Plus One by Jojo Moyes in both English and Spanish. Copies of the book are available for check-out in English and Spanish, and in a variety of formats, including print and eBook. Copies can be reserved at library.escondido.org.

One single mom and her chaotic family plus one quirky knight in shining armor equals an irresistible, opposites-attract love story. Jojo Moyes, author of the New York Times bestseller Me Before You, returns with a heartwarming story of family dysfunction, devotion, and love found in the unlikeliest of places. A perfect tale to celebrate February, which is Love Your Library month.

Rincón Literario’s book discussion is facilitated in both English and Spanish, and both new and returning members are welcome. Rincón Literario will continue on Saturday, March 25, 2017, discussing El ruiseñor/The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of the Escondido

Public Library. All programs are free and open to the public.

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


Emergency Repair to Pipeline on Hale Avenue

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     

DATE: January 24, 2017                                                          

CONTACT: Mike Schultz, 760-839-6290 x7019

Emergency repair for a 24-inch pipeline on North Hale Avenue between North Tulip Street and the North County Transit District railroad tracks will begin on January 24, 2017, and is anticipated to be completed by February 10, 2017.

Motorists should expect delays along North Hale Avenue. The inside traffic lanes will be used for the construction zone. Therefore, traffic through this area will be reduced to single lanes on each side of North Hale Avenue and right-hand turns from North Tulip Street onto North Hale Avenue will be restricted due to a limited turn radius. The work is scheduled Monday thru Friday, 7a.m. to 4:30p.m. but may also involve extended work hours such as longer days, weekend work and night-time shifts as needed to expedite the repair. Motorists should observe warning signs, including No Parking signs, along the construction route and slow down while driving through the construction zone. 

Persons with questions or comments may contact Mike Schultz (760) 839-6290 xt7019 or Lance Lauricha (760) 839-6290 xt7020. After hours, please contact the non-emergency line at (760) 839-4668.