Town Hall Meeting




Escondido Mayor Sam Abed will hold a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway. Following a brief update by the Mayor, residents will have an opportunity to ask questions or share their thoughts on any topic relating to city government.  The event is free and no reservations are required.


The meeting will be videotaped and rebroadcast the following Sunday and Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. on Cox. Ch. 19 and AT&T U-Verse Ch. 99


This is the eleventh town hall meeting Mayor Abed has held since his election as Mayor.



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, June 7, 2016 from 1:00 – 2:30 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; please register at

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 in downtown Escondido.


Queen Califia's Magical Circle Open this Saturday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 9, 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, May 14, 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. Complete restoration of the exhibit is underway and will continue for the next several months.

Photo courtesy of Kurt Lightfoot


eReaders eXplained at Escondido Public Library


CONTACT: Viktor Sjoberg, 760-839-4814


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 Wednesdays May 11, May 18, and May 25, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Media area on the first floor of the Library.

eReaders eXplained takes the mystery out of how to use Library eBooks and eAudiobooks with eReaders, including iPads, iPhones, and other tablets, and will provide step-by-step guidance for the required one-time set-up. Attendees should bring their own devices and device login information. Pre-registration is required, please register 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 Senior Librarian Viktor Sjöberg at 760-839-4814 or email Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.


Cruisin' Grand Cancelled Friday, May 6


Date: Friday, May 6, 2016
Contact: Michelle Geller (760) 839-4587

The organizers of Cruisin’ Grand have decided to cancel today’s event due to weather.

About the event: Cruisin’ Grand brings thousands of visitors to Escondido every Friday night throughout the summer. This popular event is not only for classic car enthusiasts but for everyone to enjoy strolling along Grand Avenue, stopping in for a bite at one of our many restaurants and people-watching on those warm summer nights. Each Friday night, awards are given to the most impressive pre-1973, American-made cars. Theme nights include “Fire Truck Night”, “Nitro Night” and “AFX Night.” For more information and a schedule of events, visit


Voter Registration Deadline Approaching


CONTACT: Diane Halverson, 760-839-4617

Escondido City Clerk Diane Halverson reminds residents that Monday, May 23 is the last day to register to vote in the California Primary Election to be held June 7, 2016.

City Hall will remain open until midnight May 23 to accept voter registration cards.  During regular business hours, you may register online at or at the San Diego County Registrar of Voters.  Registration cards are available at the City Clerk’s Office during regular business hours; however, between 5:30 p.m. and midnight, we will be registering voters in the City Council Chambers foyer at City Hall, 201 North Broadway.

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, May 23.  For more information on political party rules for presidential primary voting please visit:

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.



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, May 21, 2016, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Senior Library Associate Cecy Rayphole will lead the discussion of this month’s selection, Nunca me abandones/Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro in both English and Spanish. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at

Nunca me abandones/Never Let Me Go is a thought-provoking dystopian novel that deals with love, coming of age, and what it means to be human. Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy attend an elite boarding school in the English countryside where students are not allowed to leave and their futures are unknown. They develop a close, but complicated, friendship that turns into a love triangle. Years later, the trio reconnect, look back upon their time in school, and realize just how unique their experiences were.

Rincón Literario will continue on Saturday, June 18, 2016, as a part of the Library’s annual Summer Reading Challenge for kids, teens, and adults, which runs from June 13 to July 31 and encourages community members of all ages to Exercise Your Mind. The June selection is El guardián invisible/The Invisible Guardian by newcomer Spanish author, Dolores Redondo. To learn more about the Summer Reading Challenge and our summer events, please visit

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, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4289 or at Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.






CONTACT: Randy  Manns, 760-839-6290 x. 7031

Due to the installation of new recycled water pipelines, the City of Escondido advises motorists that Harding Street between Washington Avenue & Valley Parkway will be reduced to a partial lane closer effective, Monday, May 2, 2016 through Monday, May 16, 2016. All work to be performed between (7:00AM to 4:00PM).


Residents and businesses will have driveway access at all times along Harding Street from Washington Ave. or Valley Parkway.

Persons with questions or comments may contact Greg Gomez, MBI, Resident Engineer at (760) 902-7249, Mark Lewis, City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspector II, at 760-807-1121 or Wayne Papac, MBI Project Construction Manager at 619-247-7828.


The new pipes are part of the City’s Recycled Water Easterly Main Extension Project which will deliver reclaimed water to eastern Escondido.



Construction On Southwest Sewer Replacement Project


CONTACT: Randy Manns, 760-839-6290-x7031


Construction on Escondido’s Southwest Sewer Replacement project will begin soon, with completion expected by March 24, 2017. This project consists of replacing three lift stations with a singular gravity pipeline that will convey flow to Lift Station No. 1. Work includes the installation of 8-inch and 12-inch sewer pipelines and several manholes over the three mile work area. The project extends from Sewer Lift Station No.6 south of Felicita Road to Via Rancho Parkway, then continuing southeast to Sewer Lift Station No. 1.


Motorists and cyclists should expect heavy delays – due to single lane travel - along Felicita Road (between Hamilton Lane & Via Rancho Parkway) and along Via Rancho Parkway (between Felicita Road & Interstate 15). There will be occasional road closures along these routes to ensure public and construction crew safety. Residents in those areas should anticipate construction noise during the work hours, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Work hours may be extended for the underground contractor and also may include some Saturday work. However, the contractor will make every effort to accommodate residents by keeping their driveways accessible and minimizing construction & environmental impacts. Motorists should observe all warning signs –including No Parking signs - and slow down while driving through the construction zone. Felicita Park should remain open during regularly scheduled times (unless the Park staff suggest otherwise).

Persons with questions or comments may contact Bill Janda, NV5 Construction Manager & Resident Engineer at (760) 650-6477, Mark Lewis, City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspector II, at 760-807-1121 or the construction contractor, CCL Contracting, Inc. (760) 743-2254.


Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses El Deafo


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, meets on Friday, May 27, 2016, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Author Cece Bell’s award-winning, graphic novel memoir, El Deafo, will be discussed followed by a craft activity related to the book. A limited number of copies of El Deafo will be available for checkout with registration at the Children’s Desk.

Going to school and making new friends can be scary, let alone doing so while learning to live with hearing loss. Bell wittily recounts her childhood, from contracting meningitis at an early age and her subsequent hearing loss, through loneliness and isolation from her classmates, to her triumphant emergence as "El Deafo, Listener for All." At turns honest and bittersweet, empowering and fantastically funny, this 2015 Newbery Honor title is a treat - illuminating and yet, at its core, a tale about something to which we all can relate: the search for friendship despite our differences.

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.