Escondido Community Wellness Expo October 19

Information and Resources for Older Adults and Their Families


CONTACT: Karen Williams, (760) 839-4688

The Escondido Senior Center is excited to host the 7th Annual Community Wellness Expo on Saturday, October 19, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.  Designed to “Enrich the Lives of Older Adults and Their Families,” the Community Wellness Expo will provide valuable health and wellness information and resources necessary to make important decisions for optimal care of older adults. 

We encourage older adults, their families and friends to participate in this very important event!  Browse through over 30 exhibitor booths and learn about resources, programs and services available for older adults in our community.  Prepare for the cold and flu season by getting your flu shots, and/or pneumonia and shingles vaccinations. Take advantage of free health screenings by our experts in body composition, blood pressure, and hearing health.  Bring your medications for one-on-one consultations with a pharmacist! 

A free continental breakfast will be offered to all attendees from 8:30 – 9:30 am, and a free gift basket drawing will be held throughout the event.  Admission is free and parking is plentiful and easy!

This event will be held at the Park Avenue Community Center, home of Escondido Senior Center located at 210 Park Ave. Escondido, CA 92025.  For general information please call the Escondido Senior Center at (760) 839-4688. 

This community event is coordinated by the Community Wellness Association of Escondido.  This group is comprised of local organizations and businesses that serve older adults and their families:  The City of Escondido’s Senior Center, Seniors Serving Seniors, and Palomar Health. 

Escondido 125th Anniversary Celebration Sunday, Oct. 6

For Immediate Release

Contact: Michelle Geller - (760) 839-4587

A free community event commemorating the city’s quasquicentennial will be held on Sunday, October 6, 2013 from 1 – 4 p.m. in Grape Day Park near the Escondido History Center (321 North Broadway).

The event will include:

The Downtown Business Association, Escondido Chamber of Commerce, Visit Escondido, Think Grand and Friends of Daley Ranch will also offer information and activities. For more information visit


Escondido Town Hall Meeting


CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido Mayor Sam Abed will hold a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway. Residents are 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, as well as being available in the online archive at .

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


El Caballo Master Plan Project Underway


Contact: Loretta McKinney, 760-839-4871

The City of Escondido recently contracted with Tim Smith, President of Wynn-Smith Landscape Architecture, Inc. to work with the community and City staff to develop the master plan for the proposed El Caballo Park; a potential new equestrian-oriented public recreational facility.  The master plan will solidify a vision for the appropriate development and recreational use of the future   park and guide the City’s plans for future civic investment. The site, located at 3410 Valley Center Road is owned by the City of Escondido. Smith will conduct three meetings with the community to share information about the master plan process, timeline and project concepts. Meeting participants will have an opportunity to ask questions about the project and share their ideas regarding the activities in, and uses of the future park. The schedule of the meetings, which will all be held at the East Valley Community Center at 2245 East Valley Parkway, is:

Saturday, September 21, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 10, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 14, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

A special site visit will be held on Saturday, September 21, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the proposed El Caballo Park site, at 3410 Valley Center Road.

Library and Community Services Director Loretta McKinney, said,  “The goal for the master plan is to create a vision for the future park  to be a public facility that accommodates equestrian-oriented activities, incorporating unique facilities and services that benefit the entire community while preserving the natural beauty of the area. It is important for Smith and the City to hear the valuable input and concerns of the community in order to create an appropriate plan, to develop the property in the future as funding becomes available.” For information regarding the El Caballo Park Master Plan, call Loretta McKinney at 760-839-4871.


Grace Period Ends for Feather Flags

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          

CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, (760) 839-4621

At its June 5, 2013 meeting, the Escondido City Council voted to end a one-year pilot program that allowed businesses to use advertising feather flags and temporary portable signs. As a courtesy to business owners, the City allowed a “grace period” until September 1, 2013 after which all feather flags and temporary portable signs were to be removed from display except those flags/signs displaying a special event sign permit sticker. Businesses that have not removed their feather flags/portable signs risk receiving a Notice of Violation from the Code Enforcement Division.

Please call Code Enforcement at 760-839-4650 if you have questions about this issue.


Escondido Police Chief Selected


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621 

Escondido City Manager Clay Phillips announced today that Police Captain Craig Carter has been promoted to the position of Police Chief effective immediately.

In making this announcement, City Manager Clay Phillips noted, “The rigorous selection process we followed included highly qualified raters from cities in San Diego and Riverside Counties whose independent assessment confirmed my thinking. Craig has distinguished himself during his career with the Escondido Police Department.  He will be an excellent Police Chief and will provide stability to the City’s and the Police Department’s working relationships with businesses, schools and community groups.” 

Craig Carter has worked for the Escondido Police Department since 1992 when he was hired as a Police Officer Trainee after previously serving as a Reserve Police Officer. He has risen through the ranks serving as Police Officer until he was promoted to Sergeant in 1998.   In January 2005 he was promoted to Lieutenant and then to the position of Police Captain in March 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Bellevue University. 

Commenting on the announcement, Police Officer Mike Garcia, President of the Escondido Police Officers Association said, “On behalf of the Board of Directors and the entire Association membership, I extend our most sincere congratulations to Craig Carter on his promotion to Chief of Police. We are very excited to work, not only with Chief Carter, but Captains Benton and Loarie as we lead the department forward into the future. As President of the Association, I firmly believe the community and the department will prosper under the professional leadership of Chief Carter and his team.”

A badge pinning ceremony will take place at the August 28, 2013 City Council meeting at 4:30 p.m.

His salary will be $160,550.




City Opens Visitors Center on Grand Avenue


August 14, 2013



Katherine Zimmer




Open Reception: Friday, August 16 from 5-7pm

235 E. Grand Avenue, Escondido, CA

A Visitors Bureau in any community serves as an important information portal for visitors and potential residents.  For the past several years, Escondido’s visitor bureau services, known as “Visit Escondido”, have been provided by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce through a contract with the City of Escondido.  The organization’s most recent Executive Director, Katherine Zimmer, has made outstanding progress in promoting Escondido’s diverse attractions and amenities.

As part of the City’s increased emphasis on economic development, the City decided to provide visitors bureau services directly and on July 1, 2013, Katherine Zimmer joined the City Manager’s Office staff as the new Tourism and Marketing Administrator.  According to Joyce Masterson, Director of Economic Development and Community relations, “Visit Escondido plays an important role in helping Escondido achieve its economic development goals.  Having Katherine join our staff will ensure greater coordination with the City’s economic development staff as well as all of our local leisure and hospitality stakeholders.”

With this new reorganization, the “Visit Escondido” office has moved to 235 E. Grand Avenue where it shares space with the Escondido Police Storefront.  This prime location in downtown Escondido will give the office greater exposure and visibility to visitors particularly during Cruisin’ Grand and other special events in downtown Escondido.

Dan Forster, Owner of Design Moe Kitchen & Bath and CEO of the eDBA commented, “The eDBA Escondido Downtown Business Association is pleased to have Visit Escondido join our merchants on Grand Ave. Having Visit Escondido so close to businesses in the downtown core should encourage visitors to learn more about the charming historic character of Escondido. The downtown area is continuing it's long history of being a destination for entertainment, dining and shopping. Having another storefront that visitors can stop into and learn more about what one can do while visiting Escondido is a great addition.”

Visit Escondido has been consistently gaining momentum through marketing, social media, and editorial exposure and by building collaborative relationships with its stakeholders to leverage their unique venue experiences. When attractions, events, wineries, breweries, restaurants, and the arts work together to create a marketing synergy that attracts visitors and keeps them here longer, it impacts the community in a positive, long-term way.

“Successful destination management in this era of social media, global competition, and shorter vacation planning cycles requires a tourism brand to be inviting and intriguing, while offering diverse options in activities and attractions… Escondido has a lot of uniquely varied experiences – something for everyone!” says Katherine Zimmer.

For more information about Visit Escondido go to and connect on and Twitter @VisitEscondido.



Swimming Pool to Open Additional Hours


Contact: Loretta McKinney, 760-839-4382

The City of Escondido will increase the hours of operation for the remainder of the summer season at  the Washington Park Pool. Beginning Sunday, August 4, through August 18, 2013 the pool will be open on the following days and hours for open swim:

Monday through Thursdays: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Fridays: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Saturdays: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Sundays: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm_

The added days and hours are Sundays for four hours each and Monday and Tuesdays for two hours each. There is a minimal charge of $3 per person for entry.

“The goal of the Recreation Department is to provide as many hours of open swim as possible for the community.” said Loretta McKinney, Director of Lbrary and Community Services.  “As a result of making various adjustments within the existing budget, Escondido City Manager Clay Phillips authorized the additional hours for the pools in anticipation of the hottest weather of the year typically occurring in August.”

The Washington Park Pool is located at 501 N. Rose. For more information regarding open swim and other Recreation programs, call 760-839-4204 or visit the City’s Recreation web site at


Tree Climbers' Jamboree This Weekend in Kit Carson Park

DATE: July 31, 2013
CONTACT: Jose Mercado, President, Hispanic Arborists Association (626) 827-0707

Friday, August 2 through Sunday, August 4, Kit Carson Park will host the Hispanic Arborists Association “Tree Climbers Jamboree.”

The weekend includes a four event competition on Saturday featuring professional tree climbers performing the “work climb”, “palm tree” and “aerial rescue.” Kit Carson Park is located at 3333 Bear Valley Parkway, Escondido.

For more information visit .


Tickets Now on Sale for Grape Day Festival Wine & Craft Beer Tasting Pavilion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE; Contact: Michelle Geller (760) 839-4587

Celebrating Grape Day has been a festive tradition honoring Escondido’s history for many years. Once again, the City of Escondido is partnering with the Escondido History Center, the Escondido Sunrise Rotary and the California Center for the Arts, Escondido to present a local wine and craft beer tasting experience concurrent with the Grape Day Festival. Inside the pavilion, multi-instrumentalist Adrienne Nims will perform, the California Center for the Arts will lead an interactive art project and San Diego Zoo Global Conservation’s cork recycling team will have fun games and prizes. A portion of the tasting pavilion proceeds will benefit the Escondido History Center.

Featured local wineries* and craft breweries include:

Bernardo Winery

2Plank Vineyards

Orfila Vineyards

California Fruit Wine Company

Cordiano Winery

Vesper Vineyards, Escondido

Offbeat Brewing Company

Plan 9 Alehouse

Stone Brewing Co.

*More wineries to be added

Tickets are $20 prior to the event, or $25 day of the event, and include a commemorative wine glass and tickets good toward wine and craft beer tastings. The Grape Day Festival is free and family-friendly, adjacent tasting pavilion is age 21+. For more information and to purchase tickets go to .