Read Local, Shop Local! Escondido Public Library Card Provides Discounts to Local Businesses


CONTACT: Viktor Sjöberg, 760-839-4814

Escondido, CA – September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month and Escondido Public Library is promoting the advantages of owning a free Library card. The Library is introducing Read Local, Shop Local!, a brand new discount program that provides exclusive offers to customers who present their Escondido Public Library card at participating businesses in Escondido during the month of September. Visit to learn more about how the program works and find information on participating businesses and their offers.

Throughout September 2016, Escondido Public Library card holders will enjoy exclusive offers by showing their library card at the following businesses:

  • A Delight of France (Bakery & Bistro) - 20% off total order
  • BK Cellars (Winery & Tasting Room) - 2 for 1 wine tastings
  • Burger Bench (Restaurant) - 10% off total order
  • Cindy’s Nails (Nail Salon) – 10% total bill
  • Clue Avenue (Escape Room) - 40% discount off booking for teams of 3 - 8
  • CrossFit Escondido (Gym) - 10% off new memberships and "Foundations" program (CrossFit intro classes) reduced from $75 to $50
  • Kettle Coffee & Tea (Café) - 10% off total order
  • Sunny Side Kitchen (Restaurant) - 15% off total order
  • The Wooden Spoon (Restaurant) - 10% off total order
  • Vesper Vineyards (Winery & Tasting Room) - 50% off wine tasting flight

Library cards are free and can be obtained by visiting Escondido Public Library and filling out an application. As an additional motivation to sign up for an Escondido Public Library card during National Library Card Sign-Up Month, new card holders will receive  the following perks, starting Thursday, September 1, 2016:

  • First 650 new Library card holders receive a $2 coupon to Jimbo’s Naturally! and will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card from Jimbo’s Naturally!.
  • First 50 new Library card holders receive a free gelato from EscoGelato.

“Escondido Public Library is the heart of our great community,” said Viktor Sjöberg, Adult Services Senior Librarian. “Having a  free library card gives you access to a wealth of cultural and educational materials and activities that enrich your life, whether you are looking to teach your child how to read, pursue a college degree or to just have fun. Read Local, Shop Local! is a way to further establish Escondido Public Library as a community hub and connect patrons to the great businesses right here in Escondido.”

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Library programs are free and open to the public and sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information about Read Local, Shop Local! visit For information about this program as well as other Library events and services, contact Senior Librarian, Viktor Sjöberg, at 760-839-4814 or at


Escondido Eases Water Restrictions


CONTACT: Elisa Marrone, 760-8394075


On August 17, 2016, the Escondido City Council voted to ease water restrictions from a Response Level 2 to a Response Level 1- Water Shortage Watch Condition. The approval removes the three days per week, seven minutes per station outdoor watering restrictions that had been in place since June 2015.  Recent changes to state mandates now allow for a flexible approach to conservation after Escondido and the San Diego region showed sufficient supplies are available for the coming years. Customers still are encouraged to use water wisely.  As a reminder, the following restrictions are enforced at all times regardless of which Response Level the city is in:


  • Leaks and line breaks must be repaired as soon as they are discovered.
  • Eliminate excessive runoff from over watering.
  • Irrigate landscapes between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 a.m.
  • Fountains must re-circulate the water.
  • Washing any vehicle with a hose not having a water shut-off nozzle is prohibited.
  • Washing hardscape with a hose or other pressurized source is prohibited.
  • Watering or irrigating outdoor landscaping with potable water during rainfall or within 48 hours if rainfall is prohibited.
  • Hotel or motel must provide guests with the option not to have towels and/or linens laundered daily.
  • Restaurants or other places where food is served will not serve drinking water to customers unless requested by the customer.
    From Escondido Municipal Code, Article 5, including Section 31-230 and Section 31-232


Visit the Water Conservation page on the City of Escondido’s website for more information:




CONTACT: Randy Manns, 760-839-6290 X7031

Construction will soon being on the Vista Verde Reservoir replacement project. The Notice to Proceed was given on August 10, 2016 and construction is anticipated to be completed by August 10, 2018 (730 Calendar Days).


This project is part of the City of Escondido’s Capital Improvements Program. Two new reservoirs will be constructed northwest of the Vista Verde Way cul-de-sac. The existing steel reservoir located at the top of the hill off of Firethorn Glen in the gated community east of Vista Verde Way will be removed. The work includes new piping and electrical on the east side of Vista Verde Way between the City water pump station - which is located on the same street - and the cul-de-sac at the north end of the street.


Motorists and cyclists should expect some delays along Vista Verde Way. Residents of the neighborhood should also anticipate construction noise during the work hours, Monday thru Friday, 7a.m. to 4p.m. 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 Jason Kraus, (760) 505-0500 Butier Construction Management, Dave Powers, (951) 830-7310 Pacific Hydrotec Construction Contractor or Ron Bosch, (760) 807-1103 City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspector II



Escondido Public Library Celebrates 2016 Summer Reading Challenge Success


CONTACT: Monica Barrette, 760-839-4836

Escondido, CA –Exercise Your Mind,” Escondido Public Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Challenge, concluded on July 31, 2016 as the Library’s most successful summer program on record. 1,430 children, teens, and adults registered to accept this year’s challenge, designed to promote reading for fun, pleasure, and stimulation for all ages over a seven week period. Children and teens logged more than 14,436 hours of reading enjoyment, and 85 adults completed more than 320 reading entries.

In addition to promoting reading over the summer months, the Library offered weekly programs, activities and events for every age. More than 4,389 people attended 54 programs over the seven weeks. Summer reading provides fun and enjoyment during vacation time, but also plays an important role in helping students maintain learning and reading abilities. Studies prove that students who read actively avert the “summer slide,” a loss of reading ability during the extended school break, and they are better prepared to begin the new school year.

According to Assistant Library Director Cynthia Smith, “Summer Reading Challenge participants recorded their reading progress, earning chances to win incentives and prizes. We are grateful to the Friends of the Library and dozens of local businesses whose donations made this program so successful for the Escondido community.”

As summer activities end at the Library, a schedule of new programs and services begins and can be found on the Library’s website: For more information about Library programs, contact Senior Librarian Viktor Sjöberg at vsjö, or call 760-839-4814. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.




CONTACT: Diane Halverson, 760-839-4617


The Nomination Period for Escondido’s Municipal Elections began on Monday, July 18, 2016 and ended on Friday, August 12, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.  According to the CA Elections Code, if the incumbent does not file by the deadline, the nomination period for that office is extended for five calendar days.  Registered voters in Escondido now have until Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. to nominate candidates other than the incumbent for the office of City Treasurer.  During this period prospective candidates need to schedule a meeting with the City Clerk to obtain nomination papers and other election-related materials.  You must be a registered voter in Escondido at the time nomination papers are issued.


For more information, please call the City Clerk’s Office at 760-839-4617 or visit the Clerk’s Office at 201 N. Broadway, Escondido 92025.  City Hall is open Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library


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, August 27, 2016, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is Colm Tolbin’s New York Times bestselling novel, Brooklyn. Copies of the book are available for check-out in English and Spanish, and may be reserved in the Library catalog at

The acclaimed 2015 film, starring Saoirse Ronan, nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, is based on Brooklyn. It is the charming coming of age story of Eilis Lacey, a young woman from a small town in Ireland in the hard years following World War II. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers Eilis the opportunity to live and work in America, she decides she must go, even though it means leaving her fragile mother and charismatic sister behind. After a hard adjustment to American life, Eilis finds work and love in Brooklyn, but devastating news from Ireland threatens her chances of a happy future.

Senior Library Associate Cecy Rayphole will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish, and new members are always welcome. Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, September 24, 2016, to discuss Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit or contact Cecy Rayphole at 760-839-4289 or at Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido, California, 92025.

Temporary Road Closure


CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621


Due to the installation of new infrastructure and surface improvements, the City of Escondido advises motorists of the following road closures:


  • South bound N. Ash Street from Lehner Avenue to Vista Avenue and west bound Vista Avenue from Ash Street to Lehner Avenue will be closed from August 10 through August 22, 2016.


Detour signs will be posted and all work will be performed between 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Residents in these areas will have access to their properties at all times but may experience some delay. These improvements are being done by Southland Paving Inc., a sub-contractor for Shea Homes’ nearby Canyon Grove housing construction project that is currently underway.


Persons with questions or comments about the work may contact City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspector Ricardo Cervantes at 760-807-1109.


Escondido Public Library Teen Book Club Discusses Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs


CONTACT: Cathy Janovitz, 760-839-4283

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library’s Burritos & Book Club for teens, ages 13 to 18, meets on Saturday, September 10, 2016, in the Turrentine Room from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Powerless, by Tera Lynn Childs, 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 Powerless, Kenna, an ordinary teen, lives in a world full of heroes and villains with super-powers. Kenna is the daughter of heroes. Her mom is a genius who works at a super-secret facility to help develop powers to aid the good guys. When villains break into the lab to rescue a relative they believe is held captive by the heroes, Kenna holds her own, even without powers. But she isn't exactly powerless. Thanks to her mother’s work; she is immune to other people's powers. Kenna stops seeing heroes and villains as good and bad or black and white. Instead she sees the grey area in between and learns that the “villains’’ break -in provides an unexpected plot twist that changes everything she's ever known.

In addition to discussing Powerless, teens can share their opinions and ideas about other books they have enjoyed and propose titles for the next Burritos & Book Club meeting to be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016. Complimentary burritos will be provided, and all participants receive a free book or audiobook at the end of the program.

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


Escondido Public Library Begins Teen Advisory Board


CONTACT: Cathy Janovitz, 760-839-4283

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library announces the formation of a new Teen Advisory Board, “TAB,” for teens ages 12 – 18 years old. The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

TAB provides teens the opportunity to connect with their community and gives them a voice in creating and sustaining services for their age group. As an added benefit, TAB provides teens with opportunities to develop leadership and advisory skills.

All teens are invited to attend Escondido Public Library’s first TAB meeting. Following this first meeting, participants will meet monthly with Teen Librarian Cathy Janovitz to define projects they would like to focus on and determine how to accomplish their goals. TAB members should plan to volunteer around 8 hours per month by assisting with programs, projects, displays, crafts, and writing book reviews. Participants will receive community service hours for attending meetings and project participation. These community service hours will be beneficial when applying for employment or admission to college or university.

This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library.

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 92025. 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


Queen Califia's Magical Circle Open This Saturday

  DATE: August 8, 2016                                                               

 CONTACT: Kristina Owens, 760-839-4519


Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public this Saturday, August 13, from 9 a.m. to 12 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.