Water Main Break Repairs Completed


For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido City crews have completed their repairs on the water main break that occurred earlier this week in the vicinity of El Norte Parkway and Valley Parkway.  All lanes of those roads are once again open.



Escondido Public Library Hosts Super Smash Bros. Tournaments for Teens

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 
Cathy Janovitz, 760-839-4283

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library will host a series of three monthly Super Smash Bros. Tournaments for Teens, ages 13 – 18 years.

  • Saturday, October 4, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    (Register September 19, 2014  – October 3, 2014)
  • Saturday, November 1, 2014, from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    (Register October 17  October 31, 2014)
  • Saturday, December 6, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    (Register November 21, 2014 – December 5, 2014)

The tournaments will take place in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Participation is free but space may be limited and requires confirmed pre-registration for each event. Registration for each event begins two weeks prior to each tournament and ends the day before the tournament. To register, call 760-839-4283. Contestants are required to bring their own controller.

Each event includes both single and team competitions. The tournaments are double elimination with each match-up following a best two-out-of-three victory to advance to the next round. Extra stations will be provided so those eliminated early in the tournament can continue to play. The grand finals will be accompanied by live gameplay commentary.

Cathy Janovitz, Teen Librarian, commented, “We are especially fortunate to have Christian Martinez, a local Super Smash Bros. player and enthusiast, lend his expertise to conduct the tournaments. The tournaments bring teens together to promote interaction, healthy competition and they also provide an opportunity to showcase Library services available for this age group.”

Library programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library and are free and open to the public. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For information about the Super Smash Bros. Tournament for Teens, contact Teen Librarian Cathy Janovitz at 760-839-4283 or cjanovitz@escondido.org. Additional information about Escondido Public Library programs and services can be found at library.escondido.org,


Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library

CONTACT: Paul Crouthamel, 760-839-4814           

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, September 27, 2014, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Don Quijote de la Mancha/Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes, is the selected book for September.

Widely regarded as one of the funniest and most tragic books ever written, Don Quixote de la Mancha chronicles the adventures of the self-created knight-errant, Don Quixote of La Mancha, and his faithful Squire, Sancho Panza, as they travel through sixteenth-century Spain.  Don Quixote believes only what he chooses to believe and sees the world very differently from most people.  Honest, dignified, proud, and idealistic, he wants to save the world.  As intelligent as he is mad, Don Quixote starts out as an absurd and isolated figure and ends up as a pitiable and lovable old man whose strength and wisdom have failed him. In the end, beaten and battered, he dies from a fever, and with his death, knights-errant become extinct instigating the demise of chivalry. 

Long-time participant, Araceli Capilla, commented, “I’m a regular attendee at  Rincón Literario and I really enjoy it. I have been able to experience works of great writers from many different backgrounds, such as Markus Zusak, Maria Duenas, and Stephen King.   It is exciting to discover new writers, new perspectives, and new cultures, and share them with other book club members.”

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. On October, 25, 2014, readers will discuss the classic, El angel perdido /Lost Angel  by Javier Sierra.

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 library.escondido.org or call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.


Update on Water Main Break and Traffic Advisory

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621


Motorists are advised to avoid the area of El Norte Parkway and Valley Parkway while Escondido City crews are still working to repair a water main break that occurred there on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. El Norte Parkway and Valley Parkway will remain reduced to one lane in each direction until repairs are completed which likely will be mid-day Thursday, September 4, 2014.


The Escondido Fire Department has unlocked the fire gates at Hidden Trails to help relieve traffic congestion for residents living there. They will be closed again once repairs are completed.


Traffic Advisory Due to Water Main Break in Escondido

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido City crews are still working to repair a water main break that occurred earlier this morning in the vicinity of Valley Parkway and El Norte Parkway.  Repairs will require extensive excavation so it is likely El Norte Parkway and Valley Parkway will be reduced to one lane in each direction throughout the day and evening.   Motorists are advised to avoid that area if at all possible, particularly during the evening rush hour.




Escondido Library Celebrates Library Card Sign-Up Month

CONTACT: Cynthia Smith, 760-839-4329

Escondido, CA – September is Library Card Sign-Up Month! Escondido Public Library encourages community members of all ages, especially students, to stop by the Library and sign-up for a library card. Library cards are always free and easy to get. Simply fill out an application in-person at the Library’s Customer Service Desk or complete an online application at escon.iii.com/selfreg.

A library card is the most important tool everyone can have that leads to a lifetime of success. Use your card to download an eBook or eAudiobook; check out the latest bestselling novel or a DVD featuring your favorite actor; and sign-up to use a public computer to access the Internet or do homework. There are a host of online electronic resources on the Escondido Public Library website that can be accessed from a computer or in the Library with a Library card. Learn a new language, get homework help 24/7, or access online encyclopedias and magazines using these online resources.

During September, have some fun with your Library card when you visit Escondido Public Library. Take a selfie and tell how you use your Library card. Selfies will be shared on social media using #GetCarded to spread the word about all the endless possibilities that a Library card provides.

The Escondido Public Library will also celebrate Banned Books Week September 21-27, 2014 to raise awareness of intellectual freedom and the right as citizens to read. Visit library.escondido.org/banned for more information and a full list of Banned Books.

All Library programs and services are free to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about Library programs and services visit library.escondido.org or contact Deputy City Librarian, Cynthia Smith at 760-839-4329.


Escondido’s Bond Ratings Raised by Standard & Poor’s


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621


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

Standard & Poors raised its long-term rating and underlying rating to 'AA-' from 'A+' on Escondido’s existing general obligation (GO) bonds. At the same time, Standard & Poor’s  raised the long-term ratings to 'A+' from 'A' on the Escondido Joint Powers Financing Authority's lease revenue bonds, and on the city's existing appropriation debt.

The outlook is stable for all bonds. The stable outlook reflects Standard & Poor's opinion that Escondido's strong unreserved fund balances will likely provide a financial cushion should the city experience any revenue decrease to balance operations. Standard & Poor’s does not expect to lower the rating within the outlook's two-year period due to their expectation that Escondido will likely maintain what they consider very strong reserves.

A copy of the rationale supporting the ratings and outlook is available on the city’s website at: https://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/Finance/City_of_Escondido_Report.pdf



Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses Raina Telgemeier’s Sisters


CONTACT: Lalitha Nataraj, 760-839-5456

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12 years old, kicks off this fall with a discussion of Raina Telgemeier’s Sisters, the highly anticipated companion novel to Smile.  The Book Club meets Friday, September 26, 2014 in the Library’s Turrentine Room from 3:30-4:30 PM.  A limited number of copies of the book are available for checkout at the Children’s Desk.

In the autobiographical Sisters, Telgemeier adroitly covers sensitive territory – her tense, but also tender relationship with her sister, Amara. Raina dreams of being a big sister, but when Amara is born, things don’t turn out the way she hoped. Amara is an adorable baby, but she can also be grouchy and shows little interest in playing with her big sister. As the years go on, the sisters’ relationship doesn’t significantly improve. Telgemeier focuses the novel on the drama that unfolds between the sisters during a road trip from their home in San Francisco to a family reunion in Colorado. This endearing installment will thrill devoted Telgemeier readers, and gain new fans.

Youth Services Librarian Lalitha Nataraj leads the R.E.A.D Book Club and noted, “Our spring discussion of Smile was enthusiastic. ‘Tweens shared personal insights, sparking conversation about the joyful, but often difficult experience of becoming a teenager. I expect Sisters will receive a similarly passionate reception.”

The next R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club meeting will be on Friday, November 7, 2014, from 3:30-4:30 PM in the Turrentine Room, where readers will discuss The Secrets of the Book with special guest author, Erin Fry. Ms. Fry will answer questions about her book and share details about her writing process.

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 the R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club, contact Youth Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-5456 or at lnataraj@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for children can be found at library.escondido.org/kids.



Mad Science Saturdays at Escondido Public Library


CONTACT: Cindi Bouvier, 760-839-4827

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library invites children ages 8 to 11 to attend “Mad Science Saturday” this fall. This is new series of three monthly programs designed to help children learn about scientific topics through exploration and fun experimentation. Mad Science Saturday will be held in the Library’s Turrentine Room from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.:

  • Saturday, September 20, 2014 - Salt Painting Ice Sculptures
  • Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Fossils for Kids
  • Saturday, November 15, 2014 - Bridging the Gap—Why do Bridges Fall Down?

The sessions include hands-on experiments and projects. Related books and website information will be presented to help children pursue their scientific interests or provide homework help.

Senior Youth Services Librarian, Cindi Bouvier, said, “Children need to engage and learn to problem solve while having fun. Mad Science Saturday is ideal in that it offers children the opportunity to learn and have fun at the same time, and it introduces them to print and web reference sources.”

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. This program is funded by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Registration is not required.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025. Contact Senior Librarian Cindi Bouvier for further information at 760-839-4827 or at cbouvier@escondido.org. Visit the Library’s website at http://library.escondido.org to learn about more programs, events and services.