2nd Tuesday Book Club to Discuss The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger


CONTACT: Neva Robinson, 760-839-4839

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Board Room. This month’s selection is a classic, The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D.  Salinger.

Published in 1951, the influential and widely-acclaimed story details two days in the life of 16-year-old Holden Caulfield, after he has been expelled from prep school. Confused and disillusioned, he searches for truth and rails against the "phoniness" of the adult world. He ends up exhausted and emotionally ill, in a psychiatrist's office.  After he recovers from his breakdown, Holden relates his experiences to the reader.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on July 8, 2014, with a discussion on the short story collection, Damage Control, by Amber Dermont.  The selection for August 12, 2014, will be The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad.

This program is sponsored by 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.


Update on Tap Water Odor


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The following is a news release issued by the Metropolitan Water District:


Earthy, musty taste and smell in drinking water expected to dissipate by end of the week


Consumers in San Diego County may notice a musty taste and odor in their tap water, but it is an aesthetic problem caused by algae blooms and not a health hazard, according to water quality experts. Officials at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California said the taste-and-odor event may improve by the end of the week after the district isolated the affected facilities and treated supplies over the weekend. In the meantime, the drinking water impacts will continue to vary as local agencies blend imported Metropolitan water with local supplies.

"The earthy taste and smell stem from an algae bloom in Diamond Valley Lake near Hemet in southwest Riverside County, which is affecting supplies being delivered to the San Diego County Water Authority," said Jim Green, Metropolitan’s manager of water system operations.“Consumers, however, can be assured that the taste-and-odor issues they may be experiencing in their tap water do not pose any health risks,” he said “Consumers affected by this situation may consider refrigerating their tap water to help improve its taste until the problem diminishes.”

Over the weekend, Metropolitan isolated Diamond Valley Lake and treated the algae bloom, which also has impacted untreated supplies in nearby Lake Skinner. Diamond Valley Lake and Lake Skinner are currently providing raw water to SDCWA. Officials stressed that the treated water is safe for consumers and that fish and wildlife will not be impacted. Growth of algae in open surface reservoirs is generally a seasonal problem that usually occurs in warm months. As in previous years, the cause of this year’s taste-and-odor episode has been identified as geosmin, a nuisance compound produced from the growth of certain algae in freshwaters throughout the world. “Unfortunately, people with sensitive taste and smell can detect the compound in water at levels as low as 5 parts-per-trillion,” Green said. “By comparison, one part-per-trillion is equivalentto just 10 drops of geosmin in enough water to fill the Rose Bowl.”

Consumers interested in receiving additional information about the quality of Metropolitan’s drinking water supplies can visit the district’s website, www.mwdh2o.com, for the district’s annualwater quality report and other related materials.


The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a cooperative of 26 cities and water agencies serving nearly 19 million

people in six counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies,

and helps its members to develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other resource-management programs.

Escondido Cool Zone Locations


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

With extremely hot weather predicted this week, the City of Escondido reminds the public that three City facilities have been designated as Cool Zone sites.  These sites are air-conditioned settings where seniors and others can gather. The sites encourage people to share air conditioning during the heat of the day, lowering individual usage and helping to conserve energy for the whole community.

Escondido’s Cool Zone Sites are:

  • Park Avenue Community Center, 210 Park Avenue (760-839-4688)
  • Escondido Public Library, 239 Kalmia Street (760-839-4684)
  • East Valley Community Center,  2245 East Valley Parkway (760-839-4382)

Tap Water Odor


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The City has received calls about an odor in our tap water. Please know that the drinking water in Escondido is safe.  The County Water Authority (CWA) reports that the odor/taste issue is being experienced throughout San Diego County and is from an algae bloom near Lake Skinner. The Water Utilities Division is now cutting back on their use of imported water from Lake Skinner and are using additional local water.


Voter Registration Deadline Approaching



Escondido City Clerk Diane Halverson reminds residents that Monday, May 19 is the last day to register to vote in the California Primary Election to be held June 3, 2014. 

City Hall will remain open until midnight May 19 to accept voter registration cards.  During regular business hours, you may register online at www.sdvote.org or at the San Diego County Registrar of Voters.  Registration cards are available at the City Clerk’s Office during regular business hours; however, between 5:30 p.m. and midnight, we will be registering voters in the City Council Chambers foyer at City Hall, 201 North Broadway.

If you have moved, changed your name (due to marriage or court order), or wish to change your party affiliation since the last election, you must re-register no later than midnight, Monday, May 19.

If you have any questions concerning voter registration, please contact the Registrar of Voters Office at 858-565-5800, or the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 201 North Broadway, Escondido, 760-839-4617.


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, May 31, 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.  El castillo de cristal / The Glass Castle by Jeannette Wallsis the selected book for May.

Rex and Rose Mary Walls and their four children lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns or camping in the mountains.  When sober, Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who captured his children’s imagination and taught them how to embrace life fearlessly.  Rose Mary painted and wrote but couldn’t bear the responsibility of a family. 

When their money ran out, the Walls returned to the dismal West Virginia mining town and family that Rex Wall had done everything he could to escape.  As the dysfunction of her family escalated, Jeannette and the other Wall children had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents’ repeated betrayals. Until, finally, Jeannette found the resources and will to leave home. Hers is a story of triumph against all odds. Yet, it’s also a tender tale of unconditional love in a family that, despite its profound flaws, gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.  

Araceli Capilla, a long-time Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner) member commented, “I have had the enjoyable experience of reading a great diversity of writers from different cultural backgrounds. In addition, Miriam Ruvinsky, the discussion facilitator, always provides thorough background information about both the author and subject matter to further enrich our discussions. This is a great way to discover new authors and improve your bilingual communication skills.”

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In June, readers will discuss La llave de Sarah / Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from the 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.



Escondido Public Library Hosts Job Fair


CONTACT: Josephine Jones, 760-839-4219

Escondido, CA  –  Escondido Public Library’s Literacy and Lifelong Learning Division is partnering with Goodwill Industries to host a Job Fair on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

The Job Fair is open to the general public and job seekers will have the opportunity to meet more than two dozen potential employers with open positions that range from entry through professional levels. Participating employers will represent an array of industries and fields including: hospitality, healthcare, education, government, law enforcement, high tech, retail, and manufacturing. Job seekers are encouraged to bring their resume and may be invited to participate in on-site interviews.

Escondido Library’s Literacy and Lifelong Learning Division provides adults with one-on-one tutoring and courses to improve their reading and writing skills. The program’s career readiness component builds on the development of these skills to help prepare participants for employment and career advancement.

Escondido Public Library programs, services, and events are free and open to the public. For information on Literacy Services and other Library programs, visit library.escondido.org, or contact Josephine Jones at (760) 839-4219.


Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Book Club Discusses Newbery Award-winner The One and Only Ivan


CONTACT: Lalitha Nataraj, 760-839-5456

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. (Read, Eat, and Discuss) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, meets on Friday, May 30, 2014, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 PM. Katherine Applegate’s award-winning The One and Only Ivan will be discussed, followed by a craft activity. A limited number of copies of the bookare available for checkout at the Children’s Desk and books can be reserved by accessing the catalog on the Library’s website.

Winner of the 2013 Newbery Award Medal and a New York Times bestseller,Applegate’s novel is a story told from the perspective of a captive gorilla named Ivan, who has spent much of his life in a glass enclosure of a shopping mall.  For 27 years, Ivan has grown used to humans watching him and rarely reflects on his previous life in the jungle. When he encounters Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, Ivan’s life dramatically changes. Fans of classics such as Charlotte’s Web and A Cricket in Times Square will especially find The One and Only Ivan to be a satisfying read.

Senior Librarian for Youth Services, Cindi Bouvier commented, “We have had such a fantastic reception for the R.E.A.D book club. Our April Skype session with author Kim Baker brought many fascinating questions from eager readers; afterwards, children shared how personally meaningful it was to directly interact with a real-life writer!”

This is the last R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club meeting for the spring. Look for the program to resume in Fall 2014 by checking the Library’s website.

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 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.


Town Hall Meeting


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido Mayor Sam Abed will hold a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway. Following a brief update by the Mayor, residents will be welcome to ask questions or share their thoughts on any topic relating to city government.  The event is free and no reservations are required.

The meeting will be videotaped and rebroadcast the following Sunday and Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. on Cox. Ch. 19 and AT&T U-Verse Ch. 99

This is the seventh town hall meeting Mayor Abed has held since his election as Mayor.


2014 Arbor Day Observance


Contact: Bud Oliveira, 760-839-4665

The City of Escondido, in conjunction with the Professional Tree Care Association of San Diego (PTCA),  will hold an Arbor Day Observance on April 25, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on the grounds of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (CCAE) and the Woodward Avenue Parking Lot. The PCTA will be donating personnel and equipment to provide proper tree care for the trees on the grounds of the CCAE and the Woodward Parking Lot, as well as the planting of 16 trees.

This will be the second year the PCTA has selected the City of Escondido to make their donation to tree health and tree safety.  It is the 13th consecutive year the PCTA and other commercial tree companies have provided this service to non-profit organizations.  Several PCTA-member tree care companies also will participate in this event along with Certified Arborists to ensure all work meets American National Standards Institute (ANSI)  A300 Standards and the International Society of Arboriculture Guidelines. 

Proper tree care ensures that healthy urban trees provide the utmost benefits to the communities and environments where they grow. Research-proven benefits include: the capture and long-term storage of carbon dioxide, particulate pollution collection, urban runoff diversion, oxygen production, shade/cooling, increased property values, and improved human health among other benefits. Questions and comments regarding this work may  be directed to Bud Oliveira, Deputy Director of Public Works/Operations at 760-839-4665.