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 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 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.


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, July 26, 2014 from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the Library’s Board Room. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish.  Una boda en Haiti / Wedding in Haiti  by Julia Alvarez is the selected book for July.

Acclaimed Dominican novelist and poet, Julia Alvarez, takes us on a journey that travels beyond borders and reflects on the joys and burdens of love–for her parents, for her husband, and for a young Haitian boy known as Piti.   In this intimate, true account, Alvarez describes experiences that challenge our way of thinking about history and how it can be reimagined when people from two countries, who are traditional enemies, can become friends.  Alvarez’s touching memoir serves to introduce readers to Haiti as it once was, and could be again. 

Miriam Ruvinskis, Rincón Literario’s facilitator, states, “Book discussions are a perfect way of nostalgically revisiting Latino culture and language while also making new friends and opening windows and paths to future experiences and other cultures.”

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish.  On August 30, from 3:30-4:45 PM, readers will discuss Mi vida querida / Dear Life by Alice Munro.

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 call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.


Summer Aquatics Program


CONTACT; Nicole White, 760-839-4204

The City of Escondido Recreation Department is offering a wide array of aquatics programs and open swim hours this summer at James Stone and Washington Park pools. Learn-to-Swim classes are available for children as young as 6 months old through adult.  Classes are offered in group or one-on-one settings. Splash Ball will teach children 5-9 years water polo fundamentals and prepare them for competitive play through our ACE Riptides Water Polo Club. Swim Club and Summer Swim League embrace both the novice and elite swimmers and are excellent ways to improve swimming techniques, get fit, and make new friends. SCUBA classes for ages 8 through adult will prepare you for underwater exploration!  Kids will enjoy Bubblemaker and Seal Team and adults can earn their PADI Open Water Diver Certification.


Extended open swim hours are available at both pools this summer from now through August 16, 2014. Washington Pool open swim hours are Monday through Thursday 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.; Friday 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.; Saturday 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.; and Sunday 12:00 to 4 p.m.  James Stone Pool open swim hours are Friday 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. “Keeping our community water-safe is a high priority for Escondido Recreation. We are happy to offer many learn-to-swim classes and more sessions and extended hours for open swim this summer including, Friday evening at James Stone,” said Loretta McKinney Director of Library and Community Services.


For more information on Escondido aquatics program and all recreation activities, please call 760-839-4204 or 760-839-4382 or check out the website at


2nd Tuesday Book Club to Discuss Damage Control: Stories by Amber Dermont


CONTACT: Neva Robinson, 760-839-4839

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Board Room. This month’s selection is Damage Control: Stories by Amber Dermont.

A luminous collection of short stories focusing on privilege and entitlement, Damage Control displays Amber Dermont's remarkable gift for portraying characters at crossroads. In “Lyndon,” a daughter visits presidential landmarks following the death of her father. In “Damage Control,” a young man works at an etiquette school while his girlfriend is indicted for embezzlement. A widow rents herself to elderly women and vacations with them as a “professional grandchild” in “Stella at the Winter Palace.”

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on August 12, 2014, with a discussion on The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad. The selection for September 9, 2014, will be Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan.

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


Escondido Public Library’s Hosts eReader Training Classes


CONTACT: David Frazee, 760-839-4839

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will offer two tutorials on how to use eReaders to download free library eBooks. On Monday, June 30, 2014 “A Kindle Safari” will teach Amazon Kindle owners how to access eBooks online from the Library’s catalog. On Tuesday, July 15, 2014, “Train your Tablet for eBooks” is designed for iPad, Android, or Windows tablet owners who want to set-up their device to download eBooks from the Library. Both programs are free and begin at 6:00 PM in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Registration is not required. Participants should bring their Kindle or tablet eReader device. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido, CA 92025.

Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Supervisor, commented, “Most eReaders, like Kindles, are given as presents to avid readers. Readers who love print books and browsing the shelves of well-stocked libraries may not be sure how to browse the library’s eBook collection and download them. These programs take the mystery out of how to perform the one-time set up for their eReader. The classes will demonstrate how eReader devices, whether a Kindle or tablet, are very easy to use once set-up and can be a convenient tool for the bibliophile and book lover.”

Both programs are part of the Library’s 2014 Adult Summer Reading Club, Paws to Read. The Summer Reading Club runs from June 23 to August 2, 2014. Starting June 23, adults can enroll by visiting the Library in-person or by registering via the Library’s website at Registration runs through July 19, 2014.

Escondido Public Library offers Summer Reading Clubs for all ages and events are sponsored by the Friends of Escondido Public Library. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information on Library programs for adults, contact the Library at 760-839-4839 or go to