Recognition for Cocos Fire Responders


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The City of Escondido will recognize Police, Fire and other personnel for their excellent efforts during last week’s Cocos Fire.   A special ceremony will be held in conjunction with Cruisin’ Grand, this Friday, May 23, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the Maple Street Plaza located on Maple Street between Grand Avenue and Valley Parkway.  Escondido residents are encouraged to come to show their support for those who worked so hard to protect lives and property.

Speakers will include Mayor Abed, Fire Chief Mike Lowry and Police Chief Craig Carter.  There also will be a display of various fire vehicles, including Ol’ Betsey, a 1926 American La France fire truck.


Escondido Public Library Closed on June 18 for Software System Upgrade


CONTACT: Cynthia Smith, 760-839-4329

Escondido, CA – All Escondido Public Library facilities will be closed to the public for the installation of a new library catalog software system on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. The closure will be for one day only and includes the following locations:

  • Main Library at 239 South Kalmia Street.
  • Pioneer Room, the Library’s local history archive, located in the Mathes Community Center at 247 South Kalmia Street.
  • Escondido Library Literacy Services Annex at 200 South Broadway.
  • Escondido Technology Center, located in the East Valley Community Center, at 2245 East Valley Parkway.

During the closure, Library users can visit, to access eBooks, use online research tools, and view the calendar of events. Library users will be able to return materials to the Main Library during the closure, and fines will not be charged for items due on June 18, 2014.

The Library will reopen for business as usual at 10:00 AM on Thursday, June 19, 2014.

Loretta McKinney, Director of Library and Community Services said, “When the Library reopens, technology upgrades, such as text and email notifications, will be available and users will immediately notice and appreciate the fresh look and ease of use of the new catalog.”

For more information, please contact Cynthia Smith, Deputy City Librarian, at 760-839-4329.


Escondido Public Library Offers Summer Reading Clubs for All Ages


CONTACT: Cindi Bouvier, 760-839-5456

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will offer Summer Reading Clubs for all ages, beginning on Monday, June 23, 2014. This year’s theme, “Paws to Read,” provides reading clubs, programs, activities, and events for every age group, from babies, preschoolers, and elementary school age children, to teens and adults. Registration opens on Monday, June 23, 2014 and participants can sign-up by visiting the Library or registering online through the Library’s website: Summer readers track their progress toward reading goals throughout the program. Children and teens read for prizes which are generously funded by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Registration will continue through July 21, 2014, and the Summer Reading Club ends on August 2, 2014.

The Library’s Children’s Services Department urges families to gallop, crawl, or fly to the Library to attend weekly events for children, ages 4 to 12. Children’s Crafts will be held on Tuesdays at 2:00 PM on June 24, July 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2014. Special programs and events for children will be held on Thursdays at 2:00 PM.

The Children’s summer program schedule includes:

  • June 26         Reptile Show presented by EcoVivarium
  • July 10          Book Time with Ronald McDonald
  • July 17          Escondido Humane Society
  • July 24          Wildlife Company
  • July 31          Summer Reading Club Finale with author, Clint Perry

For the very youngest, the Library will hold “(p)awesome” weekly storytimes for babies.

Cindi Bouvier, Senior Librarian for Youth Services said, “With school out for summer, there will be plenty of free time for reading for fun. Summer reading is also important because it helps students retain their reading level achieved during the school year.”

‘Tweens and teens can also dig into good books, earn prizes, and attend special programs, such as, Burritos and Books, Games and Grub, Movie Night, and Craft Events! Teens that reach their 25 hour reading goal will be invited to a special finale party.

Adults can join in the summer reading fun by participating in the 2nd Tuesday Book Club or Rincón Literario Bilingual Book Club. In addition, Adults Services has planned eBook safaris to help readers download library eBooks onto their favorite device. We Bought a Zoo (rated PG) will be featured on Movie night.

A full schedule of Summer Reading Club programs and events is available online at . All Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by Friends of the Library. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For further information on Summer Reading Clubs, contact Youth Services Senior Librarian, Cindi Bouvier at 760-839-5456.


Mandatory Evacuations Lifted

The City of Escondido Mandatory Evacuation orders have been lifted for all areas of Escondido EXCEPT:

The areas West of Citracado Parkway bordered by Country Club Dr. & Kauana Loa


The roads remain closed at:

Country Club Dr. at Hill Valley Ln and Harmony Gove at Kauana Loa




Escondido Evacuations are NOT Lifted

For Immediate Release

May 16, 2014

Contact: Teresa Collins (760) 839-5025

We are not authorized at this time to lift the mandatory evacuations. When this changes we will post immediately to our website, Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Arson Arrests

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  Lt. N. GriffinDATE:  05/15/2014                                                               PHONE: (760) 839-4444

The Escondido Police Department is reporting the arrest of two persons who are believed to be responsible for starting at least two fires in the area of South Escondido.

At about 6:30 PM, a citizen reported seeing two persons who set a small brush fire in the area of South Escondido Blvd.  The citizen was able to put out the small fire and contacted law enforcement.  At about 7:25 PM, a citizen who was in the area of Westfield Mall, contacted Escondido Police and report he was chasing two persons who he had witnessed attempting to start a fire in the area of Kit Carson Park.  The description of the suspects in both cases were similar.

Escondido Police Officers contact two persons matching the description not far from Westfield Mall.  After questioning, both subjects were taken into custody for Arson related charges.  One of the suspects arrested is a seventeen year old juvenile who resides in Escondido.  The other suspect is identified as Isaiah Silva, 19 years old, of Escondido.

          Investigation is continuing.  


Update on Cocos Fire

For Immediate Release, May 15, 2014, 8:02 p.m.

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-5025


Escondido is now a part of  the Unified Command for the Cocos fire.  The Incident Command Post for the Cocos Fire is still at Cal State San Marcos. The establishment of Cal Fire’s base camp at Kit Carson Park is progressing well.


At this point it has been confirmed that one home and two outbuildings on Mount Whitney Drive in the unincorporated area of the County were destroyed.  No homes have been lost within the city limits.


Schools in Escondido will be closed again on Friday, May 16, 2014.


The Evacuation Center at Escondido High  approximately 160 evacuees there as well as many small and large animals.


Escondido Police Department continues to  maintain security at the evacuation center and in evacuated areas.



Palomar Medical Center ER

For Immediate Release; May 15, 2014, 5:36 p.m.

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-715-8407

Although the emergency rooms at both Palomar Medical Center (PMC)  and its downtown campus are open, patients with non-life threatening medical emergencies are asked to go to the emergency room at Palomar Health  Downtown Campus until the threat of fire at PMC is gone.


Updated Road Closures

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-5025



The Sheriff’s Department says the following road closures are in effect because of the Cocos Fire:

San Elijo Hills:
-Double Peak Road at San Elijo Road
-San Elijo Road at Questhaven
-San Elijo Road at Elfin Forest
-Questhaven at Attebury
-Melrose at Boulder Ridge
-La Costa Meadows at South Rancho Santa Fe Road
-San Elijo Road at South Rancho Santa Fe Road
-Rancho Santa Fe Road at Melrose

Cal State San Marcos:
-South Twin Oaks Valley Road at Highway 78
-Barham Road at La Moree Road
-South Twin Oaks Valley Road at Craven Drive

-South Twin Oaks Valley Road at Village
-Via Del Campo at Coronado Hills
-La Moree Road at Barham Drive (both directions)
-La Moree Road at Coronado Hills
-La Moree Road at Via Del Campo

Discovery Hills:
-Bent Avenue at Discovery Road
-Via Vera Cruz at Discovery Street
-San Pablo at Discovery
-Skyline at Via Vera Cruz
-Craven Road at Discovery Street

Harmony Grove:
-Harmony Grove Drive at Village
-Wilgen Drive at Harmony Grove
-Harmony Grove Village

Escondido and unincorporated:
-Valley Parkway at Citracado Parkway
-Del Dios Hwy from Via Rancho Parkway to Rancho Road 

Update on Evac/Pets, Large and Small at Escondido HS

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-5025

The Evacuation Center at Escondido High School is accepting large animals such as llamas, horses, goats, etc. as well as chickens, dogs, cats and other small animals.  If possible, please bring your own leashes, cages, and food bowls to help your animal feel more comfortable in an unfamiliar environment.

Escondido High School
1535 N Broadway