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.



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  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 Additional information about the Library can be found at


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, 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