Traffic Advisory Update: Broadway Water Main Break

City crews have repaired the water main break and are prepping the area for asphalt repair.

Broadway between 4th and 5th Avenues will remain closed until late afternoon on Wednesday, March 4.

4th Avenue between Kalmia and Broadway will be open today by 4:30 p.m.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Additional updates will be posted here and on the City of Escondido Facebook page .



Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library


CONTACT: Cecy Rayphole, 760-839-4271


Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, March 28, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. En el tiempo de las mariposas / In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez, is the selected book for March. Participants will discuss books bilingually, in English and Spanish, enabling them to enjoy great literature in either language. Rincón Literario also provides an opportunity to practice either English or Spanish language skills. 

It is November 23, 1960, and the bodies of three beautiful, convent-educated sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic.  The local newspaper reports their deaths as an accident.  It does not mention that a fourth sister lives.  Nor does it explain that the sisters were among the leading opponents of General Raphael Leonidas Trujillo’s dictatorship.  It doesn’t have to, everyone knows of Las Mariposas – “The Butterflies.” 

Now, three decades later, Julia Alvarez immerses us in a tangled and dangerous moment in Caribbean history to tell their story in a brilliantly characterized novel, through the voices of all four sisters.  The Butterflies were extraordinary women.  Through the art and the magic of Julia Alvarez’s imagination, the martyred Butterflies live again in this novel of courage and love, and the human cost of political oppression. 

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In April, readers will discuss the classis work, Cien anos de soledad / One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of the 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 the Library’s website at or contact Cecy Rayphole at 760-839-4271 or


Traffic Alert Update: Broadway Closure Expanded Due to Water Main Break

Due to a water main break, Broadway is closed between 2nd and 5th Avenues, and 4th Avenue is closed between Broadway and Kalmia. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. City crews are on scene and repairs are underway. No customers are without water at this time. Additional updates will be posted here and on the City of Escondido Facebook page as they become available.

Traffic Alert: Broadway from 3rd to 4th Closed Due to Water Main Break

A water main break occurred at approximately 4 a.m. this morning. City crews are on scene working to repair it. Broadway is closed between 3rd and 4th Avenues. More information will be posted here and on the City Facebook page as it becomes available. 

Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library: Financial Planning for Retirement


CONTACT: Neva Robinson, 760-839-4214


Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library continues the series, Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library with this month’s topic, Financial Planning for Retirement, on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. The Library is proud to partner with the San Diego Financial Literacy Center to present an overview of important steps that should be completed before retirement. The program will also provide an in-depth look at the A-B-C’s of investing to assist with achieving retirement goals.

The San Diego Financial Literacy Center,, provides expertise for this ongoing series. The Center enhances the financial IQ of San Diego County residents by providing information, education, and training to manage finances, create strong credit profiles, borrow wisely, and plan for retirement.

Librarian Neva Robinson, program coordinator, commented, Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library is a new series to help community members receive information about financial topics that affect their every day lives. As an introductory series, we zeroed in on planning for social security, retirement, college and managing debt. The San Diego Financial Literacy Center’s expertise is complemented by the many financial planning resources and books available in the Library’s collection.”

Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library will continue on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, with Managing Your Debt/Credit Cards. On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, Planning for College Expenses will be presented as the final program in this series.

All Library programs are free to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.  For more information about the Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library series, contact Neva Robinson at 760-839-4214 or


Escondido Public Library Presents “An Evening with Doris Martin, Holocaust Survivor”


CONTACT: David Frazee, 760-839-4211

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library presents, “An Evening with Doris Martin, Holocaust Survivor,” on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Ms. Martin, author of the book Kiss Every Step, will recount her and her family’s story of extreme challenge and survival during Nazi occupation. She will discuss her life experience and share her message of tolerance and remembrance at this event. Ms. Martin will be available to sign her book immediately following her talk.

Born in Bedzin, Poland, Martin survived the Ludswigdorf Concentration Camp where she spent three-and-a-half years, forced to handle and measure explosive powder to build mines for the Nazi war effort. Doris Martin believes that her miraculous survival, and that of her family, is proof that there is still hope to make the world a better place.

She and her husband reside in Escondido, California part of the year, and have a home in Flagstaff, Arizona where they’ve established the Martin-Springer Institute at Northern Arizona University. The Institute’s mission is to apply the lessons of the Holocaust to promote moral courage, altruism, and tolerance. When in California, and as often as possible, Ms. Martin speaks and shares her story with groups, community members and students.

Copies of Kiss Every Step are available in the Library’s circulating collection for check-out and will be available for purchase for $15.00 at the speaking engagement.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required, but early arrival is encouraged as seating may be limited.  For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at or call Librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4211. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.


Escondido Public Library Teen Burritos & Book Club Discusses Butter by Erin Jade Lange


CONTACT: Cathy Janovitz, 760-839-4283


Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Teen Burritos & Book Club, for ages 13 to 18 years, meets on Thursday, March 26, 2015, in the Turrentine Room from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Butter, by Erin Jade Lange, will be discussed and complimentary burritos will be provided. A limited number of copies of Butter are currently available for checkout at the Library’s Information Desk.

Butter focuses on the life of a lonely and obese high school student, nicknamed “Butter.” Bullied by his fellow students, Butter struggles with his self-esteem and finds it difficult to deal with everyday life. Feeling he can’t face another day, Butter announces that he will eat himself to death and invites everyone to watch, live on the internet. This announcement gives Butter the type of attention he has never experienced and it makes his decision on whether to go through with his plan a daunting one. Lange’s moving portrayal of Butter allows a glimpse into the life of one teen on the verge of a life-changing decision.

In addition to discussing Butter, there will be time for teens to share their opinions and ideas about other books they have enjoyed and propose titles for the next meeting. Titles will be voted on by all participants and the selected book will be discussed at the Burritos and Book Club Meeting on Thursday, May 21, 2015.

All participants receive a free book or audiobook at the end of the program. Cathy Janovitz, Escondido Public Library’s Teen Librarian commented, “Burritos and Book Club encourages reading and provides a forum for teens to relate their opinions, feelings, and insights about the stories. It’s a casual environment where they can feel comfortable about sharing their views about any topic that interests them.”

This program is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and Taco Bell located at 627 N. Escondido Boulevard in Escondido, CA. 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 Additional information about the Library can be found at


Download Free Magazines with Zinio at Escondido Public Library


CONTACT: Paul Crouthamel, 760-839-4814


Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library staff will demonstrate how to access and download free Library eMagazines to your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Download Free Magazines with Zinio will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, from 6:00 — 7:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Seating will be limited to the first 20 people, so please come early and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) to get the most out of this hands-on learning experience.

Download Free Magazines with Zinio is a “how to” workshop that guides users through the one-time set up that allows access to 100 popular, full-color magazines digitally by using the Zinio platform. This program will take the mystery out of using the Library’s eMagazine collection and offers step-by-step assistance. Once a Zinio account is created, users can enjoy unlimited access to all titles in the eMagazine collection, and retain the magazines on their device.

Library programs are free and open to the public. Library patrons who can’t attend the workshop, but want to learn how to download eMagazines using Zinio, should contact Senior Librarian Paul Crouthamel at 760-839-4814 to set up an appointment.

For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.


Street Maintenance Award


Contact: Julie Procopio, 760-839-4001

The City of Escondido received the “2014 Scrub Seal Project of the Year” award from the California Chip Seal Association (CCSA) for the FY 13/14 Street Maintenance project.  The project was chosen by the Association for City staff’s teamwork with the contractor and material suppliers, and the quality of the finished product.

As part of the City’s on-going efforts to find treatments to cost-effectively extend pavement life and provide smooth, safe driving conditions for our residents, the City elected to use a Scrub Chip Seal to treat streets that were overdue for maintenance.  Scrub Chip Seal was chosen because of its value and ability to rejuvenate the surface of old streets, and filling of street cracks to help reduce pavement erosion and extend the life of treated streets.  The City also uses a rubberized chip seal (ARAM),  and other products in its Pavement Management Program to protect and seal streets.