Temporary Full Road Closure on Juniper Street


CONTACT: Randy Manns, 760-839-6290 X7031


Due to the installation of new recycled water pipes, the City of Escondido advises motorists that Juniper Street between Washington Avenue & Valley Parkway will be closed during construction.  A full closure of the street will be in effect Wednesday, December 16, 2015 through Wednesday, December 23, 2015.  Detour signs will be posted. All work to be performed between (8:00AM to 4:00PM). No vehicles will be able access either side of Juniper Street via the Escondido Creek Canal bridge, including emergency vehicles.

Residents and merchants along Juniper St. (between Washington Ave. and Valley Parkway) should still have access to their respective destinations. 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.


2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Liar’s Wife: Four Novellas by Mary Gordon


CONTACT: Monica Barrette, 760-839-4836

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on January 12, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is The Liar’s Wife: Four Novellas by Mary Gordon.  

In these elegantly written novellas of relationships at home and abroad, we meet the ferocious Simone Weil during her final days as a transplant to New York City; a vulnerable American grad student who escapes to Italy after her first, compromising love affair; the charming Irish liar of the title novella, who gets more out of life than most of us; and Thomas Mann, who opens the heart of a high-school kid in America.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on February 9, 2016 with the non-fiction title Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande. The selection for March 8, 2016 is The Red Lily Crown: A Novel of Medici Florence by Elizabeth Loupas.

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.


Temporary Closure of Mayflower Dog Park


CONTACT: Loretta McKinney, 760-839-4871

Escondido City officials announced that Mayflower Dog Park, located at 3420 Valley Center Road,  will be closed from Tuesday, December 8, to Saturday, January 2, 2016 as a precautionary measure after a report of a dog who visited the park in late November came down with a case of Parvo. Escondido is choosing to be proactive in order to keep our animal family members safe.


For further information, call 760.839.4691.





DATE: December 7, 2015                                                         

PHONE: 760-839-4519

CONTACT: Kristina Owens




Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public on two days in December: This Saturday, December 12, and Sunday, December 27, 2015, both 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.


Flood Control Channel Maintenance in Preparation for El Nino


CONTACT: Julie Procopio, 760-839-4001

The City of Escondido has been working on a plan to prepare for El Nino conditions for more than five years and has made significant progress on its channel maintenance project ever since permits recently were issued.  In 2010, the City began collecting data necessary to obtain permits from environmental agencies to allow cleaning of 63 of its highest priority concrete-lined and earthen channels.  Permit applications were submitted to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Regional Water Quality Control Board and US Army Corps of Engineers by  the summer 2013.  After working diligently with resource agency staff, permits were finally received in late August 2015.


The work to clean the channels began in haste in September 2015.  To date, 27 of the 63 channel segments have been cleaned. A risk-based assessment was used to prioritize the order of work to ensure that the channels with the highest risk of potential flooding were cleaned first.  Crews have cleaned over 3.5-miles of channel and have removed 1,475-tons of vegetation, 18-tons of trash and 890-tons of silt so far. Work will continue until all segments have been cleaned, and the permit will allow Public Works to re-visit sites on an annual basis.


In addition to channels, the City of Escondido maintains a storm drain system that consists of approximately 5,200 curb inlets and outlets, and many miles of underground storm drain pipe. In preparation for the predicted winter storms all City storm drain inlets and outlets have been inspected, cleaned and maintained as needed.


More detailed information on what the City has done and what you can do to prepare for the predicted El Nino rains can be found on the City’s website at  https://www.escondido.org/El-Nino-Preparations.aspx. In addition, this website contains helpful information on what to do during and after a storm.



Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents Courtly Noyse

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 

CONTACT: David Frazee, 760-839-4839

Escondido, CA —Celebrate the holidays Renaissance-style at the Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert featuring Courtly Noyse on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Courtly Noyse members are skilled Renaissance musicians who play a wide variety of unique instruments such as the recorder, viola da gamba, mandolin, and vielle. For a sampling of their musical stylings, visit www.courtlynoyse.com/.

The 2016 2nd Saturday Concert Series runs from January through May 2016 and features an array of diverse musical styles. The January 9, 2016 concert will highlight emerging vocalists from the San Diego Opera with their program Opera Exposed! For more information about this and future performances, visit library.escondido.org/concerts, or contact Librarian, David Frazee, at 760-839-4839. 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.

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Disaster Readiness/Winter Weather Workshop


Contact: Jeff Murdock, 760-839-5406

A Disaster Readiness/Winter Weather Workshop will be held on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Community Room at the Police and Fire Headquarters, 1163 N. Centre City Parkway.


The workshop will provide valuable information related to water issues and emergency preparedness.  Greg Thomas of the Rincon del Diablo Water District will give an update on the drought. Alex Tardy from the National Weather Service will provide an update regarding El Nino and winter storms.  Alicia Appel from the City of Escondido Utilities Department will speak about erosion protection, proper clearing of drainage structures and storm preparation. Jeff Murdock, from the Fire Department will discuss emergency preparedness, evacuations, and information resources.


This event is free but seating is limited.  To reserve your seat, please call 760-745-5522.  The workshop is co-sponsored by the City of Escondido’ Fire Department and Utilities Department, Rincon del Diablo Water District, and the National Weather Service.


Additional information about preparing for El Nino is available on the City’s website at https://www.escondido.org/El-Nino-Preparations.aspx.


Escondido Public Library Launches 1 GBPS Broadband Internet


CONTACT: Cynthia Smith, 760-839-4329


Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library has upgraded bandwidth for its public computers to run at 1 gbps (gigabit per second) thanks to a statewide initiative aimed at connecting public libraries to the California Research and Education Network (CalREN), a 3,800 mile fiber-based high-speed broadband network.

This advancement in broadband access was made possible with the award of a $30,000 grant from the California State Library, and connection through The Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC). Support was also received from the Califa Library Group, the Southern California Library Cooperative (SCLC) as project aggregators, and Escondido Public Library’s Board of Trustees. This funding enabled Escondido Public Library to procure the necessary equipment to upgrade its infrastructure for public internet bandwidth to make the significant leap from 50 mbps to 1 gbps.

As State Librarian of California, Greg Lucas, commented “Better bandwidth allows public libraries to truly be community information hubs, connecting the more than 21 million Californians with library cards to the essential online resources necessary for 21st Century digital citizenship.” This improvement in bandwidth allows Escondido Public Library to provide a high-quality online experience for users, enabling them to fully participate in recreational, educational, and occupational opportunities.

For further information on the statewide public library broadband initiative, visit http://cenic.org/network/BroadbandLibraries or contact Cynthia Smith, Deputy City Librarian, at 760-839-4329 or csmith@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Contact the Library at 760-839-4684 or visit our website library.escondido.org.


2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses Off Course by Michelle Huneven


CONTACT: Neva Robinson, 760-839-4214


Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on December 8, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is Off Course by Michelle Huneven.  

The year is 1981, Reagan is in the White House, and the country is stalled in a recession. Cressida Hartley, a gifted Ph.D. student in economics, moves into her parents' shabby A-frame cabin in the Sierras to write her dissertation. Off Course is Michelle Huneven’s most intimate and emotionally compelling novel to date, telling the story of Cressida as she delves into life in a mountain community to escape the trip wires of her life. The book features Huneven’s signature mix of fine-grained storytelling, unforgettable characters, and moral complexity.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on January 12, 2016 with The Liar’s Wife by Mary Gordon.  The selection for February 9, 2016 is the non-fiction title Isaac’s Storm: a man, a time, and the deadliest hurricane in history by Erik Larson.

All 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 the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.


Veterans Day Observance

Escondido’s annual Veterans Day Observance will be held on Friday, November 11, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Grape Day Park's Wall of Courage located between the train station and the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Sponsored by the Military Tribute Committee and Escondido Allied Veterans’ Council, the celebration will include a full patriotic program with music and honored guests.  Continuing at 11 a.m. is a ceremony hosted by the American Legion Post 149.  For more information call 760-745-1159.