Employee Agreements for City Manager and City Attorney

Employee Agreements for City Manager and City Attorney


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

At its June 26th meeting, the Escondido City Council will consider new three-year employment agreements for City Manager Clay Phillips and City Attorney Jeffrey Epp. 

Under the terms of the new agreement, several existing controversial provisions are being eliminated. This includes the elimination of the “evergreen” provision so there is no automatic renewal. It also eliminates the requirement that the base salary of the City Manager be set at “not less than” the third highest city manager salary among San Diego County cities. In addition, severance will be phased out so that no severance benefit will be payable at the end of the term. Also being eliminated are certain travel expenses and reimbursement for an annual physical evaluation. Both employees would receive salary increases in the amount of 3.95% effective July 1, 2013, 2.95% effective July 1, 2014, and 4.95% effective January 1, 2015 based on an annual performance review.

Commenting on the agreements, Mayor Sam Abed said, “Clay and Jeff are two of the most professional, talented and experienced city officials in San Diego County. They have successfully implemented the City Council policies to achieve financial stability for the City during difficult times.  I believe their continued service would serve the City’s best interest for the next three years.”

A copy of the staff report and agreement is available on the City’s website at www.escondido.org  


Selection Process for Escondido Police Chief


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The City of Escondido will begin an internal selection process for the position of Police Chief starting in mid-July.  The selection process will include an assessment center which is a series of exercises in which each participant is given an opportunity to demonstrate his skills to a group of experienced observers who carefully monitor the candidates’ responses. It is anticipated the process will be completed by early August, with an announcement made shortly thereafter. 

The City’s three Police Captains, Robert Benton, Craig Carter and Michael Loarie are the only candidates under consideration.  

Until the new Police Chief is selected, responsibility for the daily operations of the Police Department will be handled by Captain Benton.



City Manager's Statement

Contact: Clay Phillips (760) 839-4631

Escondido City Manager Clay Phillips has issued the following statement in response to recent media accounts of police personnel matters:

“The City of Escondido has a zero tolerance policy towards racial comments in the workplace. As the City Manager, I am responsible for assuring that any concerns that City policy has been violated are promptly and thoroughly addressed in an unbiased and independent manner.

In light of recent emails, Facebook postings, or newspaper articles, I believe it is important to publicly state my highest admiration and confidence in all of the members of our Police Department. This includes our Command staff, all of whom are providing outstanding and capable leadership for the Department.”


Independent District Commission - Public Information Meeting

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

The City of Escondido will be holding a public information meeting to provide information regarding the Independent Districting Commission application process.  The meeting will be held on Thursday, June 20 at 4 p.m. in the Mitchell Room, 201 N. Broadway, Escondido.  All interested individuals are invited to attend.

Applications are being accepted for appointment to the Independent Districting Commission in the City Clerk’s Office, 201 N. Broadway, Escondido, during office hours (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) through Friday, June 28, 2013.  The application is available online at http://www.escondido.org/  or by request to the City Clerk at cityclerk@escondido.org. To verify eligibility, fingerprinting should be completed by applicants by June 28, 2013. An explanation of the fingerprinting process will be provided to applicants after the application is submitted.  You may also call (760) 839-4617 should you have any questions. 

The term of the Commission will begin September 1, 2013.


Preliminary Operating Budget Available for Review

CONTACT: Gil Rojas, Director of Finance (760) 839-4322

At the June 12, 2013 Escondido City Council meeting, a two year budget will be presented and Council will consider adoption of the fiscal year 2013/14 Operating Budget. A copy of the FY 2013/14 and 2014/15 preliminary annual operating budget is available on the City’s Web site at http://www.escondido.org/annual-operating-budget.aspx. Additionally, a hard copy is available to view in the City Clerk’s Office at Escondido City Hall located at 201 North Broadway.


Park Avenue Saturday Night Dance in Escondido


Contact: Mary Rodelo, 760-839-4678

Slip into your dancing shoes and come on down to the Park Avenue Community Center for a fun night of live music, dancing, refreshments, and door prizes.  Join us on Saturday, June 1st for this special dance event featuring the live music of The Calico Ridge Band.  This highly acclaimed band which includes Charly & Calico Ridge is an award winning variety dance band that plays a mix of Rock, Pop, Swing, Oldies, Disco, R&B, Blues, Latin, Country and original music.  This band is great for swing, line dancing, two-step, cha-cha, and much more.

Singles and couples are invited to these exciting monthly Saturday Night Dances. Entry fee is only $4 per person which includes live music, refreshments, and door prizes. The City of Escondido’s Park Avenue Community Center is located at 210 Park Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025.  These dances are always held on the first Saturday of each month from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

For questions or additional information, please call 760-839-4688.


Nominations for Independent Districting Commission


Contact: Diane Halverson, 760-839-4617 

The City of Escondido will be accepting nominations for appointment to the Independent Districting Commission as required under the Voting Districts Settlement Agreement. Applications will be accepted in the City Clerk’s Office, 201 N. Broadway, Escondido, during office hours from Monday, June 3, 2013 through Friday, June 28, 2013. The term of the Commission will begin September 1, 2013.

Interested applicants and individuals or organizations desiring to nominate persons for appointment to the Commission must submit an application.  The application is available online at www.escondido.org/  or by request to the City Clerk at cityclerk@escondido.org.  You may also call 760-839-4617 should you have any questions. 

Under the settlement, Escondido will be divided into four districts with each district to be represented by a Council member living within that district.  The Mayor will continue to represent the entire City. The districts will be determined by a Districting Commission consisting of 7 members.  The members will be chosen by a selection panel of retired San Diego County judges.   After the District boundaries are drawn, they will be submitted to the City Council for final approval.  Districts may be re-drawn every 10 years if required by changes in the population as reflected in the census.   



Escondido Receives Award from San Diego Taxpayers Association


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

On May 9, 2013, the San Diego Taxpayers Association (SDTA) presented the Metro Golden Watchdog Award to the City of Escondido for reforming Paramedic Services.

According to SDTA, “In 2008 the City of Escondido opened its newest fire station but could not afford to fully staff it due to the economic downturn. Nearly five years later, the city is now moving forward with hiring the staff necessary to fully operate its newest fire station, but not in the traditional sense. Fire department officials spent time reviewing 20 years worth of emergency calls to determine the true needs of the city. Officials determined that rather than cross-training paramedics as firefighters, new staff would primarily focus on medical emergencies. This new model of providing emergency services to Escondido residents will save over $2 million compared to the city electing to operate under the norm.  It’s out-of-the-box thinking like this that we hope catches on with other cities across the county.”


AMGEN Riders to Watch


LOS ANGELES (May 8, 2013) – When the world’s most elite cyclists take the start line at the 2013 Amgen Tour of California professional road race in Escondido May 12, fans will spot some of the most notable professional cyclists from around the world. From veterans with multiple world titles under their belts to the leaders of the next generation of American cyclists, the peloton will be packed with fan favorites and a lot of talent.   

 “For the past eight years, the Amgen Tour of California has consistently drawn the top teams and competitors to race in California, the caliber of which hasn’t been seen in America in decades,” said Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the race and senior vice president of AEG Sports. “We’re proud to have created an event that not only showcases the best in the world, but also gives young U.S. athletes a world stage on which to compete and grow to become the next cycling superstars.” 

Over the past seven years, the race has become the largest cycling event in America, and is now one of the top races in the world. Whether competing for the overall title, or vying to shake things up on the course for a stage win, some of the most exciting moments of racing are expected from:

 General Classification (Overall Contenders)

  • ·         Tejay van Garderen (USA), BMC Racing Team
  • ·         David Zabriskie (USA), Team Garmin-Sharp
  • ·         Michael Rogers (AUS), Team Saxo-Tinkoff
  • ·         Sylvain Chavanel (FRA), Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
  • ·         Andy Schleck (LUX), RadioShack Leopard Trek
  • ·         Timmy Duggan (USA), Team Saxo-Tinkoff
  • ·         Thomas De Gendt (BEL), Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
  • ·         Francisco Mancebo (ESP), 5-Hour ENERGY presented by


  • ·         Andy Schleck (LUX), RadioShack Leopard Trek
  • ·         Markel Irizar Aranburu (ESP), RadioShack Leopard Trek
  • ·         Tejay van Garderen (USA), BMC Racing Team
  • ·         Amael Moinard (FRA), BMC Racing Team
  • ·         Timmy Duggan (USA), Team Saxo-Tinkoff
  • ·         Francisco Mancebo (ESP), 5-Hour ENERGY presented by Kenda Racing Team
  • ·         Mathias Frank (SUI), BMC Racing Team
  • ·         Chris Butler (USA), Champion System Pro Cycling Team
  • ·         Haimar Zubeldia (ESP), RADIOSHACK LEOPARD TREK


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  • ·         Peter Sagan (SVK), Cannondale Pro Cycling
  • ·         Tyler Farrar (USA), Team Garmin-Sharp
  • ·         Thor Hushovd (NOR), BMC Racing Team
  • ·         Cameron Meyer (AUS) ORICA GreenEDGE
  • ·         Baden Cooke (AUS) ORICA GreenEDGE
  • ·         J.J. Haedo (ARG), Team Jamis-Hagens Berman
  • ·         Jacobe Keough (USA), UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
  • ·         Frank Pipp (USA), BISSELL Pro Cycling
  • ·         Lawson Craddock (USA), Bontrager Cycling Team
  • ·         Lieuwe Westra (NED), Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
  • ·         Boy van Poppel (NED), Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team

Stage Wins (One-Day Strongmen)

  • ·         Peter Sagan (SVK), Cannondale Pro Cycling
  • ·         Jens Voigt (GER), RadioShack Leopard Trek
  • ·         Cameron Meyer (AUS), ORICA GreenEDGE
  • ·         Johan Van Summeren (BEL), Team Garmin-Sharp
  • ·         Philippe Gilbert (BEL), BMC Racing Team
  • ·         Brent Bookwalter (USA), BMC Racing Team
  • ·         Brian Vandborg (DEN), Cannondale Pro Cycling
  • ·         Juan Antonio Flecha (ESP), Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team

Time Trialists

  • ·         Jens Voigt (GER), RadioShack Leopard Trek
  • ·         David Zabriskie (USA), Team Garmin-Sharp
  • ·         Bert Grabsch (GER), Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
  • ·         Tejay van Garderen (USA), BMC Racing Team
  • ·         Brent Bookwalter (USA), BMC Racing Team
  • ·         Cameron Meyer (AUS), ORICA GreenEDGE
  • ·         Jeremy Vennell (NZL), BISSELL Pro Cycling
  • ·         Tom Zirbel (USA), Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies
  • ·         Sylvain Chavanel (FRA), Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
  • ·         Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA), Team Jamis-Hagens Berman
  • ·         Marco Pinotti (ITA), BMC Racing Team

Some other “riders to watch” include the healing heroes taking part in two Amgen Tour of California Ride 2 Recovery (R2R) Honor Rides in Escondido and Santa Rosa on race day to support R2R’s mental and physical rehabilitation programs that feature cycling as the core activity. And, there are plenty of ways to take in the pro action, whether in person on the race course May 12 – 19, via daily broadcasts on NBC Sports Network and NBC, or by downloading the free Tour Tracker app, which features live race updates, rider background and full race results. More information on all of the ways to watch is available at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

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About the Amgen Tour of California

The largest cycling event in America, the 2013 Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race, created and presented by AEG, that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course that stretches across nearly 750 miles of scenic California roadways, highways and coastlines from May 12-19, 2013. For more information about the race, please visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com

About Amgen

Amgen discovers, develops, manufactures and delivers innovative human therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first companies to realize the new science’s promise by bringing safe and effective medicines from lab, to manufacturing plant, to patient. Amgen therapeutics have changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the world in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, bone disease and other serious illnesses. With a deep and broad pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve people’s lives. To learn more about Amgen’s pioneering science and vital medicines, visit www.amgen.com. Follow Amgen on www.twitter.com/amgen.

About Ride 2 Recovery (R2R)

The mission of Ride 2 Recovery is to improve the health and wellness of healing heroes through mental and physical rehabilitation programs that feature cycling as the core activity. In 2013, R2R is partnering with the Amgen Tour of California, featuring three ATOC Honor Rides to help raise funds. Palmdale, Escondido and Santa Rosa are the host cities, where cyclists ride parts of the professional cycling course, cross the actual finish line in Escondido on May 12 and Santa Rosa on May 19, and importantly, ride alongside healing heroes on a non-competitive, fun ride. For more information, visit www.ride2recovery.com.

About AEG

AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Anschutz Company, owns or controls a collection of companies including facilities such as STAPLES Center, The Home Depot Center, Sprint Center, The O2, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and Best Buy Theater Times Square; sports franchises including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), two Major League Soccer franchises, two hockey franchises operated in Europe, management of privately held shares of the Los Angeles Lakers, the Bay to Breakers foot race and the Amgen Tour of California cycling road race; AEG Live, the organization’s live-entertainment division, is a collection of companies dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance, touring and a variety of programming and multi-media production. For more information, visit AEG today at www.aegworldwide.com.

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Media Contact:  Eileen Tanner, GolinHarris, 213-438-8888, etanner@golinharris.com                    


Street and Parking Lot Closures for the Amgen Tour of California

On Sunday, May 12, 2013, Escondido will host Stage 1 of the Amgen Tour of California cycling race. Please be advised of the following street and parking lot closures:


The following streets and parking lots will be closed from 6 a.m. Saturday, May 11 to Midnight Sunday, May 12:

  • Grand Avenue between Escondido Boulevard and Ivy Street
  • Maple Street between Valley Parkway and Second Avenue (including Maple Street Plaza)
  • Municipal parking lot #1 on Valley Parkway between Broadway and Maple Street
  • Broadway between Grand Avenue and the south side of Valley Parkway

The following streets and parking lots will be closed from 6 a.m. to Midnight on Sunday, May 12:

  • Broadway between Woodward Avenue and the north side of Valley Parkway
  • Municipal parking lot #2 on the corner of Maple Street and 2nd Avenue
  • Municipal parking lot #4 at the corner of Kalmia Street and 2nd Avenue


Streets on the race route will temporarily close on Sunday, May 12 as the riders move through the city. These “rolling” closures will last approximately 45 minutes in length. The route through Escondido includes the following:

Race starts at Grand and Broadway at 11:15 a.m. and heads east on Grand, south on Juniper

  • Juniper Street between Grand and El Dorado 
  • El Dorado between Juniper and Bear Valley Parkway
  • Bear Valley Parkway from El Dorado south to San Pasqual Road

Riders reentering Escondido city limits at approximately 3 p.m.

  • Valley Center Grade (north and south)
  • Lake Wohlford Road to East Valley Parkway
  • East Valley Parkway between Lake Wohlford Road to El Norte Parkway
  • El Norte Parkway between East Valley Parkway and Escondido Boulevard
  • Escondido Boulevard between El Norte Parkway and Grand Avenue (Note: Valley Parkway between Hickory and Escondido Boulevard will also close temporarily)

More information, including schedule of race-related events and route map is available at www.Amgen2013Escondido.com