Escondido Police Chief Named Law Enforcement Official of the Year


CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido Police Chief Craig Carter has been named “Law Enforcement Official of the Year” by the San Diego Crime Commission.  The award was presented on October 14, 2016 at the Commission’s 31st annual Blue Knight Award ceremony.

Chief Carter was recognized for his commitment to making San Diego County a model example for the country. Chief Carter has served as the President of the San Diego County Police Chief’s and Sheriff Association for the past two years. Chief Carter also received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congressman Duncan Hunter, as well as a proclamation from Assembly Member Marie Waldron and  a certificate of recognition from District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis.

Chief Carter was honored to receive the award and credited all of the county’s law enforcement officials for their outstanding leadership and for keeping San Diego County on the cutting edge of innovative policing.

The annual award ceremony gives every law enforcement agency in the county the opportunity to honor their agencies’ men and women for their outstanding service. Additionally, the Crime Commission honors one Law Enforcement Leader in the county for outstanding dedication to their community as well as the entire law enforcement community.


City Manager Announces Resignation


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido City Manager Graham Mitchell informed the City Council today of his plans to resign no later than December 31, 2016 due to personal reasons.

Mr. Mitchell has been the City Manager in Escondido since December 2015 following the retirement of Clay Phillips.  Prior to that he was Assistant City Manager from June to December 2015.  He previously was City Manager in Lemon Grove for twelve years, as well as City Manager for three years in Farmersville, CA. 


Escondido Public Library Announces the 2016-2017 2nd Saturday Concert Series Schedule


CONTACT: David Frazee, 760-839-4211

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library announces the scheduled performers for the 2016 –2017 2nd Saturday Concert Series season, opening on November 12, 2016. Free musical performances will be held on the second Saturday of each month from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. from November 2016 through May 2017. All performances take place in the Library’s Turrentine Room.

The 2016—2017 2nd Saturday Concert Series:

November 12, 2016             Q-Ban Street Band – Cuban dance music

December 10, 2016            San Diego Chamber Music Society Brass Quartet

January 14, 2017                Peter Sprague Trio – Brazilian-style jazz

February 11, 2017              Opera Exposed! With San Diego Opera’s Dr. Nicolas Reveles

March 11, 2017                   Virtual Strangers – Bluegrass music

April 8, 2107                         Adrienne Nims and Spirit Wind - Contemporary jazz

May 13, 2017                       Minna Han and Joo-In Lee – Classical piano and violin virtuosos


The Q-Ban Street Band opens the season with pulsing Cuban Salsa, Bachata, and Timba music on, November 12, 2016. Bachata is a popular guitar-based, dance music that originated in the Dominican Republic; Timba, is based on classic Cuban music, along with salsa, American funk/R&B, and the strong influence of Afro-Cuban folkloric music. Maritza Baida, special guest and director of Baila Cubano San Diego, will show interested audience members some Cuban dances while her dance group demonstrates moves to the beat of the Q-Ban Street Band.

For more information about the 2nd Saturday Concert Series visit or contact Librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4211. The 2nd Saturday Concert Series is free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.



Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant


CONTACT: Viktor Sjöberg, 760-839-4814

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on November 8, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is the The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at

Anita Diamant, New York Times bestselling author of The Red Tent, delivers a gripping portrait of Jewish immigrant life in the early 20th century. Elderly grandmother Addie Baum relays her life-story of early poverty, family-strife and her rise as a career woman who stood by her beliefs at all costs. Join the book club and examine how life choices make up who we will become.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on December 13, 2016 with a group discussion of Being Mortal: Medicine and What Happens in the End by Atul Gawande.

Library programs are generously sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library and are free to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street Escondido, CA 92025.  For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit or contact Senior Librarian of Adult Services, Viktor Sjöberg, at 760-839-4814.


Escondido Public Library Teen Book Club Discusses The Devil You Know by Trish Doller


CONTACT: Cathy Janovitz, 760-839-4283

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library’s Burritos & Book Club for teens ages 14- 18, meets on Saturday, November 12, 2016, in the Turrentine Room from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Devil You Know, by Trish Doller, 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.

In The Devil You Know, 18-year old Cadie’s life revolves around the staid routine of school, work, and taking care of her family's needs before her own. Her longing for adventure gets the better of her when she attends a summer beach party. She impulsively jumps at the chance to go on a camping road trip with an old friend and two boys that she meets. Her rebellious quest for carefree adventure finds romance, but takes a deadly turn when she discovers that one her traveling companions is not who he claims to be. Cadie is a naïve, but resourceful protagonist in this suspenseful thriller.

After discussing The Devil You Know, 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. This will be the final Burritos & Book Club meeting in 2016. The next meeting will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017.

This program is generously sponsored by 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


eReaders eXplained at Escondido Public Library


CONTACT: David Frazee, 760-839-4839

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library offers eReaders eXplained, providing instruction and demonstrations on how to access and download free Library eBooks and eAudiobooks to your smartphone, tablet, eReader, or computer. eReaders eXplained will be held on the first Wednesdays of the month, November 2, December 7 and January 4, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room.

This is a popular time of year to buy an eReader or a tablet as a gift and a great time to learn how to use Library eBooks and eAudiobooks on Kindles, iPads, or other eReaders and tablets. eReaders eXplained will provide step-by-step guidance for the required one-time set-up. Attendees should bring their charged devices and login information for Apple ID or Amazon accounts. Registration is required at

Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at, call Librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4839, or email  Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.


Escondido Public Library Celebrates Veterans Day


CONTACT: Oscar Lujan, 760-839-4214

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host two events to celebrate and honor Veterans Day this November. The first event is Defeating Stress, an iRest Yoga Nidra meditation workshop on Saturday November 5, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Mathes Center. The second program is USS Midway and the Fall of Saigon, presented by USS Midway Museum Speaker’s Bureau docent, Joe Ciokon, on Monday November 7, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room.

Defeating Stress is a Veterans Day-themed meditation workshop presented by Melissa Wise, Certified iRest Yoga Nidra teacher. This class is designed for anyone suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or for anyone feeling overwhelmed and seeking relaxation techniques. The class is open to anyone that wishes to heal unresolved issues, traumas, and wounds in the body and mind. To attend Defeating Stress, register at since space is limited. To learn more about iRest Yoga Nidra, visit and find materials on a number of meditation techniques in the Library catalog at

Attend the lecture USS Midway and the Fall of Saigon and discover the crucial role played by the USS Midway during “Operation Frequent Wind” in 1975. As the People’s Army of Vietnam surrounded Saigon, thousands of South Vietnamese fled for their lives to the safety of the United States fleet just off-shore. The USS Midway received more than 3,000 refugees, many of them one step ahead of certain death, or long terms in re-education camps under the Liberation Armies. This is a story of fear, hope, and sanctuary for those South Vietnamese fortunate enough to escape Saigon during the final days of the Vietnam War.

The USS Midway aircraft carrier of the United States Navy was commissioned one week after the end of World War II and was the largest ship in the world until 1955. It operated for 47 years and is retired today as a museum and memorial ship in San Diego. USS Midway and the Fall of Saigon is an important story, among the many missions in this ship’s proud history.

Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information on these and other Library events, visit the Library’s website at or call Adult Services Librarian, Oscar Lujan at 760-839-4214 or at City of Escondido Mathes Center is located at 247. S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.



Escondido Public Library and The Old Globe Present Shakespeare Saturdays in November


CONTACT: Joanna Axelrod, 760-839-4330

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library and San Diego’s Old Globe present Shakespeare Saturdays, bringing theater to the local community through their arts engagement program, Globe for All. Shakespeare Saturdays pairs an introductory workshop that will demystify Shakespeare and Measure for Measure in the first session and present the live play in the second session.

The first Shakespeare Saturday event takes place on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Old Globe teaching artists will lead a Bard Basics Workshop introducing participants to Shakespeare’s language, themes, characters, and stories though theater-based activities. Registration is required at

Shakespeare’s play Measure for Measure will be performed live and “in the round” with professional Globe actors on Saturday, November 19, 2016, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. This production is appropriate for ages 12 and older. Registration is required at to accommodate the audience.

The searing comedy, Measure for Measure, is set in a decadent Vienna, where strict Angelo wants to rid the city of moral decay. When he meets a young nun pleading for the life of her brother, things get complicated. Justice, lust, hypocrisy, and redemption take center stage along with a wild cast of characters in a bold staging of this timely classic. Acclaimed director Patricia McGregor makes her Globe debut.

Over the past two years Globe for All has performed for nearly 2,200 audience members. Joanna Axelrod, Principal Librarian said, “Escondido Public Library is so excited to partner with San Diego’s very own Old Globe to bring Shakespeare’s “theater in the round” to our community for everyone to enjoy. While both the Bard Basics Workshop and the live performance of Measure for Measure each stand alone, those who attend both will get the most out of the experience. We are thrilled to help introduce a new audience to Shakespeare’s world and plays in partnership with Globe for All.”

Library programs are free to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street Escondido, CA 92025.  For more information about Library programs and services visit or contact Principal Librarian Joanna Axelrod at 760-839-4330.


Escondido Writers Group Meets at Escondido Public Library


CONTACT: Cecy Rayphole, 760-839-4289          

Escondido, CA – Escondido Writers Group meets at the Escondido Public Library on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Writers of fiction, non-fiction, and memoirs are all invited to join the Escondido Writers Group for an opportunity to improve their writing by participating in monthly readings and group critiques. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their current writing projects to share and receive constructive feedback. Pre-registration is required at

Escondido’s Police Lieutenant turned crime thriller author, Neal Griffin, will join the Escondido Writers Group this month to speak about his writing process and to share his story of becoming a published author. Griffin has been celebrated by critics and readers for his realistic and action packed novels Benefit of the Doubt and A Voice from the Field.

Escondido Writers Group is free and open to the public. For more information about future Escondido Writers Group meetings and other Library programs, visit or contact Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4289 or at Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street Escondido, CA 92025.


Voter Registration Dealine Approaching


CONTACT: Diane Halverson, 760-839-4617

Escondido City Clerk Diane Halverson reminds residents that Monday, October 24 is the last day to register to vote in the General Municipal Election to be held November 8, 2016.

During regular business hours, you may register at the San Diego County Registrar of Voters or online at  Registration cards are available at the City Clerk’s Office during regular business hours.

If you have moved, changed your name (due to marriage or court order), or wish to change your party affiliation since the last election, you must re-register no later than midnight, Monday, October 24.

If you have any questions concerning voter registration, please contact the Registrar of Voters Office at 858-565-5800, or the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 201 North Broadway, Escondido, 760-839-4617.