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.

Escondido Public Library Hosts Annual Children’s Holiday Tree Trimming Party


CONTACT: Kristine Macalalad, 760-839-5458

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host its Children’s Holiday Tree Trimming Party  on Thursday, December 3, 2015, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Children celebrate this annual event by making an ornament and decorating the Children’s Room tree. They can also make an ornament to take home. This festive event celebrates the holiday spirit with a special visit from Santa Claus.

Kristine Macalalad, Children’s Librarian, encourages families to “Join the fun and make an ornament to hang on the Children’s Room tree. Be sure to arrive early, as craft supplies may be limited, and to also allow enough time to make one to take home.”

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Programs are sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For information about this and other children’s programs, contact Kristine Macalalad, Children’s Librarian, at 760-839-5458 or at kmacalalad@escondido.org. Additional information about Library programs for children of all ages can be found at library.escondido.org.


Queen Califia's Sculpture Garden Open Two Days in November

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 on two days in November: This Saturday, November 14, and Sunday, November 29, 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.

For photos and more information, go to https://www.escondido.org/queen-califias-magical-circle.aspx .



Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets in November


CONTACT: Cecy Rayphole, 


Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, November 21, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is Misión Olvido /The Heart Has Its Reasons by María Dueñas. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

A talented college professor in Madrid, Blanca Perea, seems to have it all. Her world is suddenly shattered when her husband of twenty years leaves her for another woman. Questioning the life she once had and whether she truly knows herself, Blanca resolves to change her surroundings. She accepts what looks like a boring research grant in California involving an exiled Spanish writer who died decades ago. Anxious to leave her own troubled life behind, she is gradually drawn into his haunted world, with its poignant loves and unfulfilled ambitions. In delving into the past, Blanca finds herself awakened to the present by a charismatic professor with crucial knowledge about the dead writer that he has never before revealed. Blanca becomes involved in a web of passion, conflict, and hidden feelings as she discovers her new life.

Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, January 30, 2016, to discuss the bestseller, La chica del tren /The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of 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 library.escondido.org or contact Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org.



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 Tuesday, November 24, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Seating will be limited to the first 20 people, so please come early.

eReaders eXplained takes the mystery out of how to use Library eBooks 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 to get the most out of this hands-on learning experience.

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


Escondido Public Library’s Holiday Food for Fines Program Begins


CONTACT: Linda Weber, 760-839-4613

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s annual Holiday Food for Fines Program runs Monday, November 30 through Thursday, December 31, 2015. The program provides Library patrons with the opportunity to clear up to $20.00 in fines from their account. Proceeds benefit Interfaith Community Services in Escondido which distributes the food to families in need throughout the North County area.

Non-perishable, nutritious, pre-packaged items such as canned goods, pasta, sauces, and peanut butter credit up to $1.00 worth of fines per item. Non-nutritious, perishable, expired, or damaged items cannot be accepted. Customer Services Supervisor, Linda Weber, explains, “This event is a wonderful way for Library patrons to not only clear some of their fines, but to also give back to their community by helping those in need. Last year we collected more than 90 crates of food weighing an estimated 2,340 pounds. We hope to top that this year.”

Food may only be used to clear fines, and may not be used to clear fees associated with lost or damaged books and materials, or City Attorney fees.

The Library is happy to accept any donations whether or not they are fine-related and welcomes donations from patrons who bring in food just to help those in need. For further information, contact Linda Weber, Customer Services Supervisor, at 760-839-4613. 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.


Engineering Trust Deposit Claim Forms Available

CONTACT: Gabrielle Restivo

PHONE: 760-839-4039

The City of Escondido currently holds approximately 400 trust deposits made by individuals and companies for various engineering permits and approvals from 1983 through 2011. The City of Escondido is looking for the depositors in order to return the funds.

Deposits were required to ensure performance and clean-up for a variety of activities, including:

  1. Project Site Improvements
  2. Grading & Erosion Control
  3. Undergrounding Facilities
  4. Monitoring Wells
  5. Demolition
  6. Swimming Pool Installation
  7. Temporary Sales Trailers
  8. Rentals

The noticing process begins this Sunday, November 8, with the noticing of fifty deposits. This process will continue over the next several months until all eligible deposits are noticed.   Noticing methods include a mailed notice to depositors followed by two public notices in two consecutive Sunday editions of the Union Tribune of North County. Claim forms will be included in the mailer and will be available at the City’s Engineering Department’s public counter at 201 North Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025. Claim forms will also be available on line at https://www.escondido.org/unclaimed-engineering-deposit.aspx.

“We are making every effort to return the funds to the rightful depositors by researching addresses, doing a direct mailer, and publishing lists in the local newspaper and on the City’s website. This process will also support the City’s efforts to finalize any outstanding engineering work tied to the deposits,” said Gabrielle Restivo, Management Analyst.

If you still have questions after visiting the City’s website, please contact Gabrielle Restivo at (760) 839-4039 or via email at crestivodegange@escondido.org.




Graham Mitchell Named as Next City Manager for Escondido

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621


The Escondido City Council has selected Assistant City Manager Graham Mitchell to replace Clay Phillips as City Manager upon Clay’s retirement on December 18, 2015.

In making the announcement today, Mayor Abed expressed confidence in Mr. Mitchell’s abilities, saying, “Graham has a proven track record of city management experience and a solid understanding of the issues facing the city and the region.  I am confident he will serve Escondido well.”

Mr. Mitchell has been the Assistant City Manager in Escondido since June 2015.  He previously was City Manager in Lemon Grove for twelve years.  Prior to that he was City Manager for three years in Farmersville, CA.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Brigham Young University.

The details of Mr. Mitchell’s compensation have not yet been finalized.




Fire Dept to Host Multi-Agency Training

CONTACT: Mike Bertrand, Battalion Chief. 760-520-5376

The Escondido Fire Department will be hosting a multi-agency training event at the vacant Palomar/Pomerado Healthcare building located at 343 E Second Avenue in Escondido.  The training will take place on October 26, 27 and 28, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Approximately 10 fire engines and truck companies along with Chief Officers will participate in the training exercises that focus on entrapped firefighter rescue tactics and command/control procedures when firefighters are injured or trapped during a fire.  This training will provide a realistic experience using a vacant building, theatrical smoke and fire equipment.

Palomar/Pomerado Healthcare's commitment to the safety of our community and first responders by offering the use of their facility is greatly appreciated.

Participating agencies include firefighters from Escondido, San Marcos, Carlsbad, Vista, Oceanside, Valley Center, Camp Pendleton, Deer Springs, Pala, Rincon, North County, San Pasqual and Cal Fire.