2nd Tuesday Book Club to discuss Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    
CONTACT: Neva Robinson
, 760-839-4839   

Escondido, CA -  Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan.

Cambridge student Serena Frome's beauty and intelligence make her the ideal recruit for M15. The year is 1972. The Cold War is far from over. England's legendary intelligence agency is determined to manipulate the cultural conversation by funding writers whose politics align with those of the government. The operation is code named "Sweet Tooth." Serena, a compulsive reader of novels, is the perfect candidate to infiltrate the literary circle of a promising young writer named Tom Haley. At first, she loves the stories. Then she begins to love the man. How long can she conceal her undercover life? To answer that question, Serena must abandon the first rule of espionage: trust no one.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on October 14, 2014, with a discussion on the 2014 One Book, One San Diego title, Monstress by Lysley Tenorio.   In observance of Veterans Day, the 2nd Tuesday Book Club will not meet on November 11, 2014.   The selection for December 9, 2014 will be nonfiction title, Destiny of the Republic: a tale of madness, medicine and the murder of a president by Candice Millard. 

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 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit library.escondido.org or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.

Escondido Public Library Presents “An Evening with Author Victor Villaseñor”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 
CONTACT: Cynthia Smith, 760-839-4329

Escondido, CA – In celebration of California Library Literacy Services 30th Anniversary, Escondido Public Library presents “An Evening with Author Victor Villaseñor” on Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:30 PM in the Library’s Turrentine Room. This special after-hours event features the award-winning author speaking about his body of work and the power of the written word. The program is free and open to the public; however, a ticket must be presented for admission.

Victor Villaseñor is a beloved author, San Diego native, and North County resident. He has produced 65 short stories and 9 novels, including highly-recognized national bestsellers, Rain of Gold and Burro Genius. His books are used in schools and college-level classes, and his children’s books teach life lessons for people of all ages. Victor Villaseñor is an engaging speaker who focuses on universal themes as he shares his life experience and Mexican heritage through spoken word.

Free tickets will be available at Escondido Public Library’s Customer Service desk and the Literacy Services Office during business hours starting Tuesday, September 2. Attendees are highly encouraged to obtain a ticket in advance as seating is limited. Any remaining tickets may be available at the door.

Doors to the Turrentine Room will open at 5:15 PM. Early arrival and seating before 6:00 PM is highly encouraged. Victor Villaseñor’s speaking engagement will be followed by a book signing. Selected book titles, Rain of Gold and Burro Genius, may be purchased: $15.00 for trade paperback and $25.00 for hardback.

This September California Library Literacy Services (CLLS) celebrates 30 years as a California State Library program providing services to English speaking adults with low-literacy through a network of public libraries. Escondido Public Library Literacy Services, a CLLS affiliate, provides registered learners with free one-on-one or small group instruction by trained volunteer tutors. Literacy learners work to improve basic reading and writing skills and achieve successes that impact their quality of life. As a result, these adults are voting for the first time, reading newspapers, reading aloud to their children, and securing jobs.

“An Evening with Author Victor Villaseñor” is sponsored by Mission Federal Credit Union and the Escondido Public Library Friends of Literacy Services. For more information on the author, visit victorvillasenor.com. For information on Escondido Public Library’s hours, services, and events go to library.escondido.org, or contact Deputy City Librarian, Cynthia Smith at 760-839-4329. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

Annual Street Maintenance


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621


The City of Escondido’s Annual Street Maintenance Project begins on August 4, 2014. For the next 4 weeks the streets around Oak Hill Elementary School, Orange Glen Elementary School, and Hayden Drive will be periodically closed for surface treatment. Motorists traveling in these areas should expect delays and are encouraged to use an alternate route. Residents with questions may contact Colin Kemper, Field Engineering Inspector, at (760) 839-4664.


Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 
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, August 30, from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish. Mi vida querida/Dear Life, by Alice Munro, is the selected book for August.

Mi vida querida/Dear Life is Alice Munro’s latest collection of short stories.  In story after story she pinpoints the moment a person is forever altered by a chance encounter, an action not taken, or a simple twist of fate.  Her characters are flawed and fully human. Their lives draw us in with their quiet depth and surprise us with unexpected turns. Four of the tales are autobiographical and offer insight into Munro’s own childhood while others are set in her signature territory around Lake Huron.  Mi vida querida/Dear Life shows how strange, perilous, and extraordinary ordinary life can be.

Long-time participant, Araceli Capilla, commented, “I’ve been attending Rincón Literario since 2008 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. In September, readers will discuss the classic, Don Quijote de la Mancha/Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.

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

Grape Day Park Master Plan and Playground Design Community Workshops Begin


CONTACT: Loretta McKinney, Library and Community Services Director

PHONE: (760) 839-4871

The City of Escondido recently contracted with Doug Grove of RHA Landscape Architects- Planners, Inc. to work with the community and City staff to develop the master plan for Grape Day Park, which will also include the design and construction of the playground equipment at the Park.  The master plan will solidify a vision for the Park’s development to include the historical and recreational use of the park and guide the City’s plans for future civic investment. Grove will guide the process and project concepts for this exciting project in three community workshops. Participants who attend the workshops will have opportunities to ask questions about the project and share their ideas regarding the activities in, and uses of the park’s future.


The schedule of the meetings, which will all be held in the City Hall Mitchell Room at 201 North Broadway is:


  • Saturday, August 2, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Project overview and Park site visit (3:45 to 5:00 p.m.), which is located at 321 North Broadway. Participants are encouraged to bring their walking shoes and lots of ideas.
  • Thursday, September 11, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Draft concepts for the playground and Park master plan.
  • Tuesday, October 21, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Refined concepts for the playground and Park master plan.


Library and Community Services Director Loretta McKinney, said, “The goal for the master plan is to create a vision for the future of this historical park, which is one of Escondido’s civic landmarks. The master plan will incorporate the existing facilities with new concepts that benefit the entire community while preserving the natural beauty of the area. In addition to the master plan, the community’s input will be an important part of designing the new playground that will be added to the Vinehinge playground that is currently present in the Park. It is important for Grove and the City to hear the valuable input and concerns of the community in order to create an appropriate plan that will serve the community for generations to come!”


SDG&E To Remove Hazardous Palm Trees


Contact: Rafael Rivera, 760-839-4802

SDG&E prunes and removes incompatible trees near electric conductors for public safety, compliance with state law, and to provide reliable electric service. Beginning July 28, 2014,  nineteen Mexican Fan Palms located along the east side of South Citrus Avenue, between Bear Valley Parkway and Reed Road, as well as 14 located in the vicinity of Aster Street and Crofton Lane, will be removed because they have become tall enough to cause a safety issue for the electric conductors in the immediate area. Debris, such as seed pods and dead fronds, etc., naturally release from the top part of these trees throughout the year. During storms and wind events, this debris can easily be blown loose from the tree and carried by the winds into the electric conductors and equipment, or, even worse, the whole tree could fall into the conductors. SDG&E prunes these trees regularly but their threat to public safety cannot be fully mitigated unless they are completely removed.


SDG&E will provide replacement trees to the city.


Beware Bogus Fire Inspections


Contact: Herb Griffin, 760-839-5400


The Escondido Fire Department advises local businesses to be aware of a scam involving bogus fire inspectors.    Individuals are showing up at local businesses and claiming that the Fire Department sent them. They then walk around the premises for a visual inspection  and  give a bill to the business as they are completing the "inspection".   Actual inspections by the Escondido Fire Department are conducted by the agency’s uniformed personnel.  If there is a fee involved, the invoice will come from the City of Escondido.

If you think an inspection may be a scam, please call Escondido Fire Department at 760-839-5400.


New Program in San Diego County and Cities Aims to Save Energy, Cut Homeowner Utility Bills

News Advisory from Chairwoman Dianne Jacob and Supervisor Dave Roberts, San Diego County Board of Supervisors;
Contacts: Steve Schmidt, 619-206-9108; John Weil, 619-531-5533

With both summer temperatures and utility bills on the rise, many local homeowners can now tap into a new loan program aimed at making it easier to install solar panels and other energy upgrades. The financing initiative, known as PACE, eliminates the upfront costs for many energy- and water-efficiency improvements while reducing the operational expenses of owning a home.

Renovate America’s HERO Program is making these loans available starting this week in the cities of San Diego, El Cajon and Escondido, along with the region’s unincorporated areas. The cities of Carlsbad, Lemon Grove, Oceanside, San Marcos, Solana Beach and Vista launched earlier in 2014 and have funded nearly $5 million in energy-saving projects.  PACE loans offered by HERO and other lenders allow homeowners to repay the debt through property tax assessments.


WHAT: News Conference

WHEN: Wednesday, July 9, 12:15 p.m.

WHERE: County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego; On the west steps outside the building, near Harbor Drive

WHO: Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Dianne Jacob, Supervisor Dave Roberts, San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria; Tara Kelley, Deputy Director of Community Development, Sullivan Solar; J.P. McNeill, CEO of Renovate America (HERO Program)

VISUALS: Solar panels and water-saving devices.



2nd Tuesday Book Club to Discuss The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad

CONTACT: Neva Robinson, 760-839-4839

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad.

In this extraordinary tale, Tor Baz, a young boy descended from both chiefs and outlaws, becomes the Wandering Falcon, moving between the tribes of Pakistan and Afghanistan.  The wild area he travels -- the Federally Administered Tribal Area -- has become a political quagmire known for terrorism and inaccessibility.  Yet in these pages, eighty-year-old debut author Jamil Ahmad lyrically and insightfully reveals the people who populate these lands, their tribes and traditions, and the persistence of their older, timeless ways in the face of sometimes ruthless modernity.  This story is an essential glimpse into a hidden world that has enormous geopolitical significance today and still remains largely a mystery to us.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on September 9, 2014, with a discussion on Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan.  The selection for October 14, 2014 will be the 2014 One Book, One San Diego title, Montress by Lysley Tenorio. Please visit the library website for information about more events surrounding One Book, One San Diego.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of Escondido Public Library. All Library programs are free and open 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.


Candidate Nomination and Filing Period Begins July 14

CONTACT: Diane Halverson, City Clerk
PHONE: (760) 839-4617

The Candidate Nomination and Filing Period begins Monday, July 14, 2014, and ends Friday, August 8, 2014 at 5 p.m. At the November 4, 2014 General Municipal Election, the residents of Escondido will elect one Mayor to serve a four-year term; the residents of District One in Escondido will elect one City Council Member to serve a four-year term; and the residents of District Two in Escondido will elect one City Council Member to serve a four-year term.

From July 14 through August 8, 2014 the City Clerk will be issuing nomination paperwork, which will provide the information necessary to become a candidate for elective office. As a mayoral candidate, you must be a registered voter in Escondido to receive the nomination papers; District One and District Two candidates must be registered voters in their respective district.

All required documentation must be filed in the City Clerk’s office by the August 8 deadline in order for your name to be placed on the ballot. To better serve you, call (760) 839-4617 or email dhalverson@escondido.org and make an appointment. The Escondido City Clerk’s Office is located at 201 N. Broadway and is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.