Temporary Closure of Midway For Pipeline Installation


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


Due to the installation of new recycled water pipes, the City of Escondido advises motorists that access along Midway Dr. between Washington Avenue  and Valley Parkway will be either limited or closed to through traffic for the next several weeks. Motorists should anticipate a partial or full lane closure during construction on Friday, September 4, 2015 between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM. The work will resume on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 through Friday, September 18, 2015. Detour signs will be posted.  During the full road closure, no vehicles except emergency vehicles will be allowed through the construction zone. All work will be performed between 8:00AM to 4:00PM.


Residents and merchants along Midway Dr. (between Washington Ave. and Valley Parkway) should still have access to their respective destinations. However, gaining access to those points during full road closures will be limited to either using Washington Ave. or Valley Parkway; no through traffic (across the Escondido Creek Canal bridge) will be allowed except for emergency vehicles. During traffic queues along south Midway Dr. all motorists are encouraged to maintain the “Keep Clear” zone, noted, in front of Fire Station No. 2, for emergency response purposes.

Persons with questions or comments may contact 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 provide reclaimed water to local citrus farmers and the North County Cemetery District in eastern Escondido.


Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 

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, September 26, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Esperanza renace/Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan, is the selected title for September. Multiple copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

Esperanza renace/Esperanza Rising is a best-selling, Newbery Award winning novel about Esperanza, the daughter of a wealthy landowner in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Esperanza believed that she would always live a fortunate life with new dresses, a beautiful home, and servants. A sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and her Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, where they settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Esperanza is unprepared for the hard labor, financial struggle, or lack of acceptance she and her mother now face. When their lives are threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances.

Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, October 31, 2015, to discuss KPBS’ 2015 One Book, One San Diego selection, La sombra del viento/The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. This book was specially selected by KPBS, and its partners, as the 2015 One Book, One San Diego community read title. Copies of the book are available for check-out in print or eBook format and can be reserved at library.escondido.org. For more information on KPBS’ 2015 One Book, One San Diego, and a list of community events surrounding the county-wide reading of The Shadow of the Wind, go to www.kpbs.org/one-book

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. To access books in the Library catalog, and 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.



Drought Solutions at Escondido Public Library


CONTACT: Viktor Sjöberg, 760-839-4814


Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will offer H2O(h) No! – Drought Solutions, a series of three consecutive programs providing insight into California’s current water situation and possible solutions. H2O(h) No! – Drought Solutions sessions will be held on Tuesdays, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in the Turrentine Room on September 22, 2015; October 27, 2015; and November 3, 2015.

H2O(h) No! – Drought Solutions covers practical strategies for water conservation presented by leading experts from the City of Escondido’s Utilities Department and Scripps Institute for Oceanography, gray water consultants, and local home owners who have converted their yards to water-wise gardens. Find out what you can do to conserve water and save money.

  • September 22, 2015: Examine our current water situation and the technology that is being used to address this situation locally.
  • October 27, 2015: Get practical tips and learn about money-saving resources for conserving water at home.
  • November 3, 2015: Turn your lawn into a drought resistant oasis!


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 Senior Librarian of Adult Services, Viktor Sjöberg, at 760-839-4814. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.


Fall 2015 Storytime Programs at Escondido Public Library


CONTACT: Ricca Gaus, 760-839-4827

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library offers a number of storytime programs this fall, designed for babies, toddlers, and pre-kindergarten children. Storytime programs are filled with fun songs, stories, fingerplays, flannel board presentations, puppets, and craft activities that encourage the development of early literacy and reading skills.

Escondido Public Library’s 2015 fall storytime schedule includes:

  • Rhymes and Reading on Mondays at 11:00 a.m., for children, ages 4-5;
  • Baby Lapsit on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, September 1 — November 18, 2015, at 10:30 a.m., for newborn babies to pre-walkers;
  • Toddler Tales on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, September 1—November 18, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., for toddlers who are walking, up to 3 years-old;
  • Kinder Crafts on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Thursdays of each month at 10:30 a.m., for children ages 3-5 years; and
  • Cowboy Charlie on the 4th Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m., for children ages 3-5 years.

The Library’s storytime programs address early literacy skills that are important in preparing children for school. Each storytime program is planned and presented with the following in mind: parents are their child’s first and most important teacher;

storytime facilitates bonding between parents and young children. Storytimes provide a positive experience with books and play that often leads to a life-long love of reading and learning.

The 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 information about storytimes, contact Senior Youth Services Librarian, Ricca Gaus, at 760-839-4827 or rgaus@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for children can be found at library.escondido.org.



Escondido Bond Ratings Raised by Standard & Poor's

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Clay Phillips, 760-839-4631


City officials announced today that Standard & Poor's Ratings Services had upgraded two of Escondido’s bond ratings.


Standard & Poors raised its long-term rating and underlying rating to 'AA-' from 'A+' on Escondido’s existing series 2012 water revenue bonds. At the same time, Standard & Poor’s raised the long-term ratings to 'AA-' from 'A+' on the series 2007 water bonds.


The outlook is stable for all bonds. The stable outlook reflects Standard & Poor's opinion that the financial performance of Escondido’s water system has been consistently strong and will remain strong over the two year outlook rating period.   Further support for this rating is evidenced by the water system’s stable and diverse customer base and recent track record of water system annual rate increases to support operations and fund future capital projects.


A copy of the rationale supporting the ratings and outlook is available on the city’s website at: http://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/PDFs/Finance/City%20ofEscondidoReport.pdf




Town Hall Meeting

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621


Escondido Mayor Sam Abed will hold a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway. Following a brief update by the Mayor, residents will be welcome 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 tenth town hall meeting Mayor Abed has held since his election as Mayor.



Young Readers Enjoy Animal Antics at Escondido Public Library With Reptile Round-Up and Love on a Leash


CONTACT: Ricca Gaus,  760-839-4827                                   

DATE: August 24, 2015                                               

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library introduces Reptile Round-Up, a new reading program for children that nurtures their natural love of reading. Reptile Round-Up, for readers ages 5-12, will be held in the Children’s Room on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. beginning September 2, 2015. Children who pre-register for a 15-minute appointment read a book of their choice aloud to a friendly reptile, such as a bearded dragon. The children practice reading for fun or to improve skills in a friendly environment with a non-critical audience.

Reptile Round-Up is made possible thanks to a partnership between the Library and EcoVivarium, a local nonprofit Living Natural History Museum and educational outreach organization. Trained animal educators from EcoVivarium are on hand to introduce the animals, ensure safe animal handling, and share lizard lore. Library staff members  share related books and website information to promote children’s knowledge of these fascinating animals.

Reptile Round-Up is a companion to Escondido Public Library’s long-established popular program, Love on a Leash, Paws for Reading where children, ages 5-12, read aloud to pet therapy dogs. Love on a Leash, Paws for Reading takes place on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., beginning in September. The Library partners with the local Love on a Leash chapter and the addition of several new dogs expands the program and opportunities for readers to book appointments.

To participate in either program, children must be pre-registered, able to read independently, and accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. Children should come prepared with a book of their choosing to read. To schedule a 15-minute session for Reptile Round-Up or Love on a Leash, Paws for Reading, call 760-839-5456. Early registration is encouraged as the number of reservations in the programs may be limited and the appointment schedules fill up fast.

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Library programs are free and open to the public. For information about Reptile Round-Up or Love on a Leash, contact Senior Youth Services Librarian, Ricca Gaus, at 760-839-4827 or rgaus@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for children can be found at library.escondido.org.


Escondido Public Library Teen Book Club Discusses Conversion by Katherine Howe


CONTACT: Cathy Janovitz, 760-839-4283                                          

DATE: August 24, 2015                                                          

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library’s Burritos & Book Club for teens, ages 13 to 18, meets on Saturday, September 12, 2015, in the Turrentine Room from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Conversion, by Katherine Howe, is the selected title. Copies of Conversion are currently available for checkout at the Library’s Information Desk or can be reserved using the Library’s online catalog at library.escondido.org.

Conversion is a mystery that has a dual historical focus on the Salem Witch Trials and modern day life at St. Joan’s High School in Danvers, Massachusetts. Many of the girls at St. Joan’s exhibit a series of medical symptoms that cannot be explained. As Colleen Rowley begins research on the Salem Witch Trials, she begins to notice similarities between what happened in 1706 and what is happening now. In 1706, Ann confesses to the part she played in the Salem Witch Trials twelve years earlier. The interweaving of these two teen’s stories creates an intense tale that will keep readers guessing until the final reveal.

In addition to discussing Conversion, 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, November 7, 2015. 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 627 N. Escondido Boulevard 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.


Flood Control Channel Maintenance Has Begun


Contact: Alicia Appel, 760-839-4528


Starting August 24, 2015, the City of Escondido will begin its channel maintenance project in anticipation of winter storms.  Since 2009 the City has been working with state and federal resource agencies (Army Corps of Engineers, Regional Water Quality Control Board and Department of Fish and Wildlife) to obtain the permits necessary for this maintenance.  Permits are required as these areas are considered to be “Waters of the U.S” and may contain wildlife habitat, and the work is not allowed to impact creek water quality.  Permit conditions include requirements to conduct surveys during the bird nesting season and where necessary avoid work that could impact nesting birds; habitat surveys at specific locations; water quality measures; cultural and paleontological surveys, as well as coordination with a tribal monitor.  These requirements are intended to protect habitat, birds, cultural, tribal and paleontological resources that may be impacted by maintenance activities.  City staff have been trained to implement the measures required to protect natural resources and to provide required documentation for annual reports.  Unavoidable wetland impacts will be mitigated through a combination of wetland enhancement (invasive species removal) and wetland restoration (invasive species removal and native species planting) in an area totaling 1.75 acres in Kit Carson Park.


City staff members have prioritized the 63 permitted locations for maintenance based on historical data, staff inspections and resident comments, within the constraints of the regulatory requirements.  Regular maintenance will continue over the 5-year permit term.  An application to renew the application with an updated list of sites will be submitted prior to expiration of the permits.


For further information on channel maintenance activities and environmental permitting, please contact Alicia Appel at (760) 839-4528.


Escondido Public Library Reaches Out at the Farmers’ Market Throughout September


CONTACT: Viktor Sjöberg, 760-839-4214

Escondido, CA – Stop by and meet Escondido Public Library’s information experts at Escondido's Certified Farmers’ Market on September 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2015. The Farmers' Market is open Tuesdays, from 2:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Grand Avenue, between Kalmia & Juniper Streets.

Each week, from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m., Library staff will be on hand to meet the public and learn more about the community’s information needs. They will also share information on how to obtain a Library card, as well as access free resources such as Chilton’s Auto Repair, eBooks and eMagazines. Weekly themes include:

  • September 1 – Tell Us What You Want, What You Really, Really Want! Share what you want for your community.
  • September 8 – How to: Prevent fires. Experts from the Escondido Fire Department team up with Library staff to share tips on fire prevention and answer questions.
  • September 15 – How to: Save water. City of Escondido Utilities Department experts team up with Librarians and share information about water conservation and what you can do to help.
  • September 22 – Creative Community. Meet Library staff and learn by doing; stop by for a collaborative craft for all ages.

Library programs and services are free and open to the public. For more information on this and other events, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Viktor Sjöberg, at 760-839-4814. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.