Hickory Street Road Closure


CONTACT: RANDY MANNS, 760-839-6290 X. 7031

Due to the installation of new recycled water pipes, the City of Escondido advises motorists that Hickory Street between Washington Avenue & Valley Parkway will be closed during construction.  A full closure of the street will be in effect Thursday, February 18, 2016 through Friday, February 26, 2016.  Detour signs will be posted. All work to be performed between (8:00AM to 4:00PM). No vehicles will be able to access either side of Hickory Street via the Escondido Creek Canal bridge, including emergency vehicles.


Residents and businesses will have driveway access at all times along Hickory St. (between Washington Ave. and Valley Parkway). However, gaining access to those points during the full road closure will be limited to either using Washington Ave. or Valley Parkway; no through traffic (across the Escondido Creek Canal bridge) will be allowed.

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






Escondido’s Annual State of the City Address by Mayor Sam Abed will be held in the Conference Center of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 beginning with an optional breakfast at 7:30 a.m. followed by the program at 8:00 a.m.  The optional breakfast is available for $20 per person by prior reservation. To make your reservation for breakfast, please visit www.escondido.orgPlease note: The deadline to reserve breakfast is 5:00 p.m. February 19, 2016. Persons wishing to attend only the program may do so at no cost, and no reservation is required.

The event is organized by the City of Escondido in partnership with the Escondido Chamber of Commerce. The Master of Ceremonies will be radio talk show Host, Mike Slater, heard on Talk Radio 760 KFMB.

If you would like to sponsor a table, please contact the Escondido Chamber of Commerce at 760-745-2125.



Escondido Public Library Teen Book Club Discusses The Story of Owen: Dragon slayer of Trondheim by E. K. Johnston


CONTACT: Cathy Janovitz, 760-839-4283

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library’s Burritos & Book Club for teens, ages 13 to 18, meets on Saturday, March 12, 2016, in the Turrentine Room from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim, by E. K. Johnston, 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.

Set in modern-day Canada within an alternate world where dragons and humans coexist, but not in harmony, The Story of Owen, is a tale of friendship, courage, community, and social commentary. Owen Thorskard, the last in a long line of legendary dragon slayers and his trusty sidekick and storyteller, Siobhan, are determined to restore dragon-slaying traditions of yore and in the process save their town from the carbon-eating dragons who terrorize it. At sixteen, with dragons advancing, Owen faces impossible odds with Siobhan by his side, telling his story… the story that changes their lives forever.

In addition to discussing The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim, teens can share their opinions and ideas about other books they have enjoyed and propose titles for the next Burritos & Book Club meeting. The selected book will be discussed at the next meeting on Saturday, May 7, 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 cjanovitz@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library can be found at library.escondido.org.


Take the Teen Tech Challenge at the Escondido Public Library


CONTACT: Cathy Janovitz, 760-839-4283


Escondido, CATeen Tech Month, March 1 – 31, 2016, is an annual celebration raising awareness about how libraries extend teens’ learning beyond the classroom by enabling their exploration and creation of content utilizing non-print resources. Tweens and teens, ages 11 – 18, are encouraged to Create It @ Your Library during the following events.

  • March 1 – 31, 2016
    Teen Tech Challenge!
    Complete activities on the Teen Tech Challenge Sheet to earn 1500 points and be entered in the prize drawing. Completed entries due by March 31. Pick up a Challenge Sheet in the Teen Area or download it at library.escondido.org/teens starting March 1, 2016.
  • March 2, 16, 23, & 30, 2016
    3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
    Esco Teens Create
    Esco Teens Create is a program that provides a place for tweens and teens to express their creativity by learning how to create varying types of crafts for the community. Participants earn service hours while spending quality time with friends. All supplies provided.
  • March 9, 2016
    3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
    Create It @ Your Library
    Celebrate Teen Tech Month! Deconstruct relics of old technology and use the parts to create something new. Supplies and tools provided. Ages 11 – 18.


Library programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and free to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.  For more information about the Teen Tech Challenge visit library.escondido.org/teens or contact Teen Librarian Cathy Janovitz at 760-839-4283.


2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Red Lily Crown: A Novel of Medici Florence by Elizabeth Loupas


CONTACT: Monica Barrette, 760-839-4836


Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on March 8, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is The Red Lily Crown: A Novel of Medici Florence by Elizabeth Loupas.  Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

To save her starving family, Chiara Nerini sells her father's alchemical equipment to Francesco de' Medici, who takes Chiara as a prisoner in his home. Chiara befriends a fellow alchemist and uses her skills to seek a path safe from Medici tyranny and secrecy. Rich in historical detail, The Red Lily Crown is a stunning depiction of the grandeur and danger of court life in Renaissance Italy.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on April 12, 2016 with The Bees by Laline Paull. The selection for May 10, 2016 is Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.

Library programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and are free to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.  For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit library.escondido.org or contact Adult Services Librarian Monica Barrette at 760-839-4836.

Order Period for Escondido Hero Banners Opens

The City of Escondido is pleased to announce that the order period for Escondido Hero Banners has opened. This marks the second year of the program. The banners honor men and women who serve, or have served, in the U.S. Armed Forces. The personalized banners will be hung from approximately Memorial Day (mid-May) to Veterans Day (mid-November) in Downtown Escondido along Grand Avenue, 2nd Avenue and Valley Parkway.


Banners include a photo of the hero, their name and customizable text that can include their military branch, special awards or honors they received, etc. Banner orders are being taken now through early May. Cost of the banners is $190, which recoups the cost to produce and hang them.


Banners that were ordered in 2015 will be hung again this year from May to November. After two seasons, individuals who ordered banners will be contacted and banners will be returned if desired.


Place your banner order online at www.escondido.org/herobanner.aspx or contact Michelle Geller at mgeller@escondido.org or (760) 839-4587.




CONTACT: Joyce Masterson (City) 760-839-4621 or Nikki Symington (Rincon) 619-922-2172


Escondido city officials announced today that the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians of Valley Center has agreed to contribute $800,000 to fund the shortfall in the East Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road construction project.  This exceeds Rincon’s Fair Share obligation of $579,000 to mitigate traffic impacts on city roads from the Harrah’s Resort Expansion project.  A signing ceremony will take place at 4:30 p.m. at the February 10, 2016 City Council meeting.


The project widens a 3,000-foot segment of East Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road to provide three lanes in each direction between Beven Road and Lake Wohlford Road.  The bridge over Escondido Creek will be widened to accommodate two through lanes in each direction north of Lake Wohlford Road.  Construction will include curbs and gutters, streetlights, landscaped medians, new pavement and traffic signal modifications.  The estimated total cost of the project is $9.7 million. Construction is expected to begin late summer or early fall.


Escondido Mayor Sam Abed expressed appreciation, stating, “Thanks to the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, we now can complete this final stretch of road improvements which will greatly improve traffic flow and safety for Escondido and Valley Center residents, as well as visitors to the area.”


According to Bo Mazzetti, chairman of the Rincon Band, there is usually a long gap between calculating and collecting fair share funds to actually mitigating a traffic problem.  “We funded the extra amount needed to make the improvements because we wanted to solve the problem sooner rather than later.

“Our government has a vested interest in traffic safety because we live on these roads. People we care about drive on Valley Center Road–our neighbors, our guests and our families use this road, and our emergency first responders depend on it.”

The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians governs a 5,000-acre reservation in Valley Center. Established in 1875, the Rincon tribe is a sovereign government, recognized by the Constitution of the United States, federal law, and policy and court precedent.  As such, the tribal government has many responsibilities and powers equal to city, county, state governments, and even the federal government, with which tribes have a government-to-government relationship.

Owners of Harrah’s Resort Southern California, the tribe uses profits from this, and other commercial enterprises to provide legislative, regulatory, judicial,and administrative governmental services to the residents of the Rincon reservation. Federal law restricts the expenditure of gaming profits to tribal government programs and services, but allows for charitable contributions to other governments and non-profits.


Rincon’s democratically elected tribal council members are Chairman Bo Mazzetti, Vice Chairwoman Stephanie Spencer and Council Members Steve Stallings, Laurie E. Gonzalez, and Alfonso Kolb, Sr.,



Queen Califia’s Magical Circle Open this Saturday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    

CONTACT: Kristina Owens

PHONE: 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, February 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 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 www.dejavuphotoservices.com


Large Tree Damages Historic Cottage During Last Week's Storm



CONTACT: Carol Rea, Historic Preservation Commission, 760-735-8072


Huge Torrey Pine Smashes Escondido Cottage


A tree once declared to be the second tallest Torrey pine in the state crashed to the ground during last Sunday’s storm, flattening a small historic cottage in the 500 block of E. 4th Ave. in Escondido.While the giant tree with an 8-foot diameter trunk could have landed on the historic 1880s two-story Pritchett House where the Cojulun family of four were at home for the afternoon, it fell, instead upon the unoccupied little house located just twenty feet away. Although saddened by the loss of the tree that may have been two hundred years old, the Cojulun’s are very relieved that no one was hurt.Homeowner Axel Cojulun said that he was eating an orange at the kitchen sink, when he thought he heard a branch fall and watched through the window as the tree suddenly crashed to the earth.Almost immediately, first responders from the Fire and Police Departments arrived with lights and sirens activated; neighbors had called 9-1-1, fearful that someone had been hurt when the tree fell.


The small board and batten one-bedroom cottage had been moved to its current location from a lot on 7th Avenue, east of Centre City Parkway seven years ago and the Cojulun’s had planned to restore it but had not yet started.It was possibly good fortune that they had not done so or odds were good that anyone living there would surely have been killed.The bungalow had been one of ten workers’ cottages that had housed sheep ranch workers almost a century ago.It was rescued from demolition and moved to this lot; only one other of the original ten is believed to stand now.


Mr. Cojulun regrets the loss of the house he moved to his lot, saying “El Nino didn’t ask for a demolition permit,” but he’s undaunted.He’s now looking for another historic bungalow in Escondido to rescue and move to his lot.This time, it can be a little larger he says, since it won’t have to share the space with the Torrey Pine.


Tree trimmers have been working on removing the fallen tree for two days and are expected to remove the last half of the massive trunk tomorrow.

Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses One Crazy Summer


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, March 4, 2016, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Author Rita Williams-Garcia’s book, One Crazy Summer, will be discussed, followed by a craft activity related to the story. A limited number of copies of One Crazy Summer will be available for checkout at the Children’s Desk.

Eleven-year-old Delphine has always looked out for her two little sisters since their mother, Cecile, left seven years ago. When their father sends the girls on a plane to Oakland, California to meet their mother, they have no idea what to expect and find themselves in a kind of urban summer camp in the middle of the 1968 Civil Rights movement. Delphine makes it her mission not only to care for her siblings, no matter how crazy they make her, but also to negotiate the tricky relationship with their mother who has started a new life.

One Crazy Summer captures the excitement and changes of the 1960s for African Americans and all cultures. This thought-provoking book explores the resilience of children in a less-than-perfect world crafted by adults. Delphine shares her coming-of-age story as she deals with the realities of life, love of family, and cultural experiences. One Crazy Summer’s awards include: National Book Award Finalist, Coretta Scott King Award (Author), ALA Notable Children's Book, Newbery Honor Book, Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults.

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 Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or contact Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad at 760-839-5458 or kmacalalad@escondido.org.  Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.