Arrest of Prolific Graffiti Tagger Closes Sixty-Seven Cases



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                

CONTACT:                                             Lieutenant Neal Griffin, 760-839-4700


On July 2, 2015, the Escondido Police Department arrested Victor Banderas, 23, of Escondido, closing sixty-seven different cases of graffiti tagging.  Over a five month period, Banderas vandalized both private and public properties throughout the city, from Mountain View Park on the east, to as far west as Palomar Medical Center on Citracado Parkway. The property damage caused by Banderas is estimated at over $20,000.00.  Banderas is facing dozens of charges for vandalism, many that will qualify as felonies.  Banderas is currently being held in Vista Detention Facility on a probation violation.

Victor Banderas


            To report any suspicious activities in your neighborhood, you may contact the Police Department directly, or you may make an unidentified call on our Anonymous Tip Line at 760-743-TIPS (8477) or via our Web site at

Escondido Receives Housing-Related Parks Grant

CONTACT: Karen Youel 

PHONE: (760) 839-4518 


The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has announced a $685,450 award to the City of Escondido through their 2014 Housing-Related Parks (HRP) Program. The HRP Program is an innovative program designed to reward local governments that approve housing for lower-income households and are in compliance with State housing element law with grant funds to create or rehabilitate parks and/or recreational facilities. Funds were awarded for preserving three affordable housing developments and creating 17 affordable home ownership opportunities. These funds will be focused on rehabilitation projects at several parks and community centers including: PACC (rebuilding shade and patio structures, upgrades in the kitchen, auditorium and restrooms, new flooring and painting), EVCC (exterior painting), Train Depot (reroofing and painting), Washington Park Pool & Rec Center (painting), Jim Stone Pool (painting and bathroom), Oak Hill Activity Center (paint, fencing, cabinets). 

More information on the Housing Related Parks Program can be found at: More information about City of Escondido parks can be found at: More information on City of Escondido community centers can be found at:

Drought Update for Businesses - Free Workshop June 23

How Will the Newest Drought Regulations Affect Your Business?

Please join City water officials for an informative free workshop about the State of California's newest drought regulations, and what you can do to manage your business's water use:

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

6 - 7 p.m.

Escondido City Hall - 201 North Broadway, Mitchell Conference Room

Contact: Michelle Geller, or (760) 839-4587

Escondido Adopts New Water Restrictions

For Immediate Release

Contact: Lori Rountree, 760-802-0803

New restrictions for City of Escondido water customers have been approved by the Escondido City Council.  Those customers will be permitted to continue to water three days per week, but only 7 minutes per station, instead of the previous 10 minutes. The three-day watering schedule remains the same: houses with odd numbered addresses may only water on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday while those with even number homes may only water on Monday, Wednesday, Saturday.  Apartments, condos and businesses may water on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For more information, visit

Allowing City of Escondido water customers to continue to water three times a week but for shorter times will help the City to reduce its water consumption while accommodating the needs of its customers who live under hotter inland temperatures than coastal communities.

These restrictions do not apply to Escondido residents who are customers of the Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District.  Those customers may water only two days per week for ten minutes per station.  More information about those restrictions may be found at


San Diego Man Arrested by EPD for Child Pornography Charges


Contact: Lieutenant Neal Griffin, 760-839-4700



            The observations of an alert shopper in Escondido have led to the arrest of San Diego resident, Abdullah Sediqi, 64, for multiple counts of possession of child pornography, lewd and lascivious acts with minors, and disorderly conduct by taking “up-skirt” photographs with a cell phone.

            On Saturday afternoon, June 13th, a woman shopping inside the Valley Thrift Store, located at 2085 East Valley Parkway, observed what she thought to be suspicious behavior by another patron. The woman noticed a man, later identified as Abdullah Sediqi, crouched down closely behind her with a cellphone in his hand. The woman moved away, but she continued to observe Sediqi as he approached another female customer. Sediqi crouched down low and appeared to use his cell phone to take a close up photograph of the unsuspecting woman. The alert witness continued to keep Sediqi under observation while at the same time she notified the police. Escondido Police Officers arrived on scene and detained Sediqi.  During the preliminary investigation, it was confirmed that Sediqi had been using his cell phone to take several images under the clothing of unsuspecting women, two of whom were juveniles.  The photos were taken from at least two different locations, a disorderly conduct violation commonly referred to as “up skirting.” Sediqi was immediately taken into custody. Sediqi was booked into Vista Detention Facility for (2) counts of annoying and molesting a child, a violation of penal code section 647.6(a); and, (4) counts of disorderly conduct, a violation of penal code section 647(j) (2).

            In California the law specifically prohibits the use of any type of video or camera equipment to secretly photograph under or through the clothing of another person without their consent.  The most common victims of this crime are women and young girls in public places such as department stores, grocery stores, parks or any other public place. The victims are often chosen by the perpetrator because the victim appears distracted or unaware of their immediate surroundings. In this case, the alert response of the victim/witness not only led to Sediqi’s arrest for up skirting, but also to the discovery of much more serious offenses involving indecent acts with a child and child pornography.

            As a part of the follow up investigation, Sediqi’s cell phone was forensically analyzed by Escondido Police Detective Damian Jackson, the EPD representative of the San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The phone was found to contain over six thousand images, most of which were innocuous photographs, but a detailed examination of the phone resulted in the discovery of many photographs that contained pornographic images of children. Some of the photos were of children who appeared to be as young as 3-5 years of age. By the time this discovery was made, Sediqi had been released from custody, after posting bail for his original charges.  A probable cause pick up authorizing the arrest of Sediqi on new charges was immediately issued and Escondido Police requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals San Diego Fugitive Task Force, who located and arrested Sediqi in less than twenty-four hours. Sediqi was returned to Vista Detention Facility.

            On June 15th, Escondido Police Detectives served a search warrant on the residence of Sediqi, located at 17472 Matinal Road, San Diego. In addition to being the private home and residence of Abdullah Sediqi, the residence is also the location of the Kid’s Castle Day Care, also known as the Sediqi Family Child Care, which is owned and operated by Sediqi’s ex-wife, Katrien Sediqi. The search warrant resulted in the seizure of all records of current clients of the day care center. Also seized were additional phones, computers and external hard drives; and, 13.88 grams of cocaine, possessed by Roin Mohammad Sediqi, 26, of San Diego, who is the adult son of the suspect.

            Roin Sediqi was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for sale. Roin Sediqi was booked into the Vista Detention Facility.

            The investigation has disclosed that many of the pornographic images found on Abdullah Sediqi’s phone are of children who were clients at the day care center operated from his home. The Escondido Police Department has contacted the parents of every child who is a current client of the Kid’s Castle Day Care and notified them of the arrest of Abdullah Sediqi.  A notification has also been made to the Community Care Licensing Division of the California Department of Social Services, which is responsible for the issuance and revocation of state licenses to day care facilities.

            Sediqi will be arraigned in Vista Court, on Friday, June 19th, at 1:30 PM.  In addition to the previously mentioned original charges, Sediqi is now being held in Vista Detention Facility without bail for the following offenses:


Sexual Penetration of a Child Under 10, a violation of 288.7 P.C.

Lewd Acts with a Child Under 14, a violation of 288(a) P.C.  /  6 Counts Possession of Child Pornography, a violation of 311.11 P.C. / 24 Counts


            This investigation is continuing.  Anyone who is a current or former client of the Kid’s Castle Day Care, who is concerned about the possibility that their child may have been victimized by Sediqi, should contact Detective Michelle Mayfield of the Escondido Police Department 760-839-4926.



Teen Summer Reading Club @ Escondido Public Library


CONTACT: Cathy Janovitz, 760-839-4283


Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Teen Summer Reading Club, for teens entering grades 7 – 12, is in full swing through August 1, 2015. Teens join the club by registering online at and logging reading and program participation hours to earn prizes. The last day to register is July 20, 2015.

Participants can earn prizes by reaching each of three reading levels (10, 15, and 20 hours). Attendance at program events counts toward reading hours as well. The Teen Summer Reading Club highlights this year’s theme, Read to the Rhythm with a full schedule of music and art programs that include:

  • Board Game Afternoon – Every Friday, June 19 – July 24, 2015, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Challenge friends to a variety of board games.
  • Folklorico (Mexican Folk Dance) – June 27, 2015, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Learn about the art of Mexican Folklorico dancing in this cultural and musical experience.
  • Rock ‘n’ Craft – July 8, 2015, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Make a craft from a vinyl record.
  • Burritos & Book Club – July 15, 2015, from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Read one of the Read to the Rhythm book picks and come ready to chat about it and other favorite books while enjoying free burritos.
  • Triceratropical in a Live Concert! – July 18, 2015, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Two acoustic performances followed by the alternative rock band, Triceratropical.
  • Esco Teens Create – July 22, 2015, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Teens earn community service credit while making produce bags.
  • Hula Basics – July 25, 2015, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Learn basic Hula steps and enjoy the “aloha attitude” with traditional and modern Hawaiian music.
  • Escondido’s Got Talent – July 29, 2015, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Sign up to perform in our talent show and compete against fellow teens to win a cash prize.
  • Read to the Rhythm After-Hours Party – Teens who log 25 or more hours by July 26, 2015, will be invited to the After-Hours Party, featuring games, food, contests, prizes, and more.

Library programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Burritos and Books is sponsored by Taco Bell located at 627 N. Escondido Boulevard in Escondido, CA. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information on the Teen Summer Reading Club and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at or call Teen Librarian Cathy Janovitz at 760-839-4283. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.


2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro


CONTACT: Neva Robinson, 760-839-4214

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on July 14, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro. This book was specially selected to fit the 2015 Adult Summer Reading Club theme, Read to the Rhythm.

Escondido Public Library’s 2015 Adult Summer Reading Club promotes reading for enjoyment and pleasure, and provides Summer Reading Club members a chance to read and earn prizes in weekly drawings. Join the Adult Summer Reading Club, which runs through August 1, 2015. Sign up online beginning June 15 at or in the Library at the Information Desk. Throughout the program, special musical events will be offered to tie-in with the theme.

With the clarity and precision that have become his trademarks, Kazuo Ishiguro interlocks five short pieces of fiction to create a world that resonates with emotion, heart break, and humor. Here is a fragile, once famous singer, turning his back on the one thing he loves; a music junky with little else to offer his friends but opinion; a songwriter who inadvertently breaks up a marriage; a jazz musician who thinks the answer to his career lies in changing his physical appearance; and a young cellist whose tutor has devised a remarkable way to foster his talent. For each, music is a central part of their lives and, in one way or another, delivers them to an epiphany.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on August 11, 2015, with The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin.  The selection for September 8, 2015, will be The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, the 2015 One Book One San Diego title.

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 or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.



Queen Califia's Sculpture Garden Open this Saturday June 13

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, June 13, from 9 a.m. to Noon. 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.

More information and photos are available at


Escondido Public Library Offers Summer Reading Clubs For All Ages and Interests

CONTACT: Ricca Gaus, 760-839-4287


Read to the Rhythm! is the music-related theme of Escondido Public Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Clubs for children, teens, and adults. The Clubs offer reading fun for all ages and a wide variety of programs from June 15 – August 1, 2015. The Library invites all community members to join a Summer Reading Club and read for enjoyment and incentive prizes beginning June 15, 2015. Register at the Library or online at In addition, Escondido Library patrons who register become part of the California Summer Reading Challenge, a state-wide public libraries’ drive to achieve one million summer reading sign-ups in 2015, #onemillionreaders.

Summer Reading festivities kick off on Monday, June 15, 2015 from 1:00—4:00 p.m. under the Library arcade with a delicious, free sample from Rita’s Ices—one of Escondido Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Club sponsors.

Summer reading is especially important to help prevent the summer reading slide that can occur when students who don’t read during the summer lose up two months of reading skills from the previous school year. The Library encourages reading advancement and retention with a full schedule of programs and performances that feature music, dance, magic, crafts, and stories to tie-in to Read to the Rhythm!

Craft programs for children are offered every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. Exciting performances are offered every Thursday at 2:00 p.m., beginning on June 18, 2015, with Clint Perry & the Boo Hoo Crew, a high energy kid’s rock band. Children’s programs end on July 30, 2015, with John Abrams’ Animal Magic, a comedy, magic, and music show with lots of audience participation. A number of other new and exciting performers are scheduled throughout. Don’t miss an opportunity for children to read to (Komodo) dragons when the ever-popular Ecovivarium group educates children about reptiles (snakes and lizards), amphibians (frogs, toads, and salamanders), and arthropods (insects, spiders, and crustaceans).

Teen crafts and programs, such as Ballet Folklorico, Hula dancing, and a Teen Talent Show, are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Adult Book Clubs and family friendly concerts are scheduled throughout the summer on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Library programs are free to the public and generously supported by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Registration for events is not required; however, space and/or supplies may be limited. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about the 2015 Summer Reading Clubs and scheduled performers, visit or contact Ricca Gaus, Senior Youth Services Librarian, at, 760-839-4827, or David Frazee, Adult Services Librarian, at, 760-839-4211.

Escondido Public Library Presents Gold Hill: The Story of Julian’s 1870’s Gold Rush - An Interactive Musical Event


CONTACT: David Frazee, 760-839-4839


Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library and the Pioneer Room Friends present Celia Lawley, “Fiddlegirl,” performing Gold Hill: The Story of Julian’s 1870’s Gold Rush on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Lawley packs 12 original songs based on Julian's 1870's gold rush history into this one hour show. An accomplished musician and performer, she sings, acts, and dances while playing fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and tin flute. Lawley invites audience participation and interaction to add to the fun and enjoyment.

Gold Hill is one of many programs offered throughout the Library’s 2015 Summer Reading program line-up. Librarian David Frazee commented “Read to the Rhythm! is this year’s Summer Reading theme, and Gold Hill is the perfect family-friendly program to celebrate reading, music, and local history. Lawley is a native San Diegan and she combines her knowledge of San Diego’s rich history in an entertaining and unique musical performance that everyone will enjoy.”

Escondido Public Library’s 2015 Summer Reading program for adults includes two additional summer concerts as part of the extended 2nd Saturday Concert Series. On Saturday, July 11, 2015, Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi combine klezmer music with Hasidic melodies, Romanian, jazz, classical, and Balkan influences into a new form of Jewish music. On August 8, 2015, the Neave Trio returns to perform classical chamber music.

For more information about Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading programs and programs for adults, children and teens, visit, or contact David Frazee at 760-839-4839 or All Library events are free and open to the public. Gold Hill is generously sponsored by the Escondido Library Pioneer Room Friends. The 2nd Saturday Concert Series and many other Summer Reading Club events are sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.