Tickets Now on Sale for Amgen Tour of California VIP Experiences: Team Presentation Gala and Local Hospitality Tent

Contact: Michelle Geller, (760) 839-4587; The Amgen Tour of California pro cycling race is coming to Escondido on Sunday, May 12 – just a few weeks away!

Tickets to two very special race VIP experiences are now on sale:

  • "Escondido Out Front” Team Presentation Gala at the California Center for the Arts, Friday, May 10 - Enjoy a three course gourmet dinner with wine pairing in the Concert Hall. Diners will be “on stage” as the stage will actually be built out over the seats for a unique perspective in this beautiful venue. The professional teams competing in Sunday’s race will be there for photo opportunities, and silent auction items include a ride-along in a VIP car with the peloton. Ticket cost: $125 each; discount on 3+; sponsor tables with seating for 12 are also available for $1,500

  •  Escondido VIP Hospitality Tent – At the race start/finish line on Grand Avenue in Downtown Escondido, Sunday, May 12, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Only 75 tickets are available for this exclusive front row seat to the race. Mingle in style and enjoy all-inclusive food and beverages (including beer and wine). Flat screen TVs inside the tent will broadcast the race live, plus guests will be able to see the start/finish and announcers’ stage right from the tent’s patio. Ticket cost: $200 each

These are one-of-a-kind opportunities, especially for cycling fans, or a unique Mother’s Day gift. To purchase tickets and more information visit .


Share Your Vision of the Library's Future


Contact: Cynthia Smith,  760-839-4329

The Escondido Public Library invites the community to help develop a dynamic new vision for the Library’s future by attending public meetings on April 27, 30, and May 1.

Escondido Public Library has been a vital part of the community’s educational, cultural, and economic development for more than a century. The current library building, located downtown, can no longer accommodate the materials, services, and technology to support the community’s 21st century needs. Studies over the past five years have confirmed the need for an expanded library and City Council recently approved the initiation of a conceptual design study to reorganize the current building and add a new state-of-the-art wing.

Broad-based community input and ideas will be essential to making the project a success. Community members are invited to participate in any or all of the following opportunities to learn about the library conceptual design project and provide input. Community Meetings will be held on the following dates:

  • Saturday, April 27 – At the Escondido Public Library’s booth at the Día de los Niños festival in Grape Day Park, 321 North Broadway in Escondido, from 11:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M.
  • Tuesday, April 30 – At a public meeting at the Escondido Public Library (Turrentine Room), 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.
  • Wednesday, May 1 – At a public meeting at Oak Hill School (Multipurpose Room), 1820 Oak Hill Drive in Escondido, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. This meeting’s agenda will be the same as the April 30 public meeting. Community members are welcome to attend both meetings.

The Escondido Library Foundation has been actively involved in addressing the need for an expanded Library. Jack Anderson, Foundation President and member of the steering team for the Library’s expansion, is looking forward to receiving ideas from the public. He said, “We encourage your participation in this important community process. The Library is an integral part of our community life, and the design process will bring about a specific plan that will improve and strengthen the Library’s capacity and user-friendly capabilities.”

As part of the process, plans to seek input also include a survey that will be available on the Escondido Public Library’s website. Updates and additional events on the conceptual design for an expanded Library will be posted on the Escondido Public Library’s website as the project progresses.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information on this and other Library events, go to or contact 760-839-4601.



Arbor Day Celebration in Escondido


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido will observe Arbor Day by holding a cleanup and tree planting event on Friday, April 26, 2013. Beginning at approximately 7:30 a.m. ten tree crews from the private sector will join with City public works staff to perform tree maintenance at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido and Grape Day Park. Due to safety concerns, various areas of the park will be closed to the public until approximately 2:00 p.m. while the work is completed. A ceremonial tree planting by the Mayor and local school children also will be held at 2:00 p.m. in Grape Day Park.

The event is being coordinated by the Professional Tree Care Association of San Diego (PTCA) in partnership with the City of Escondido, Grangetto’s Farm and Garden Supply, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido and the San Diego Urban Forest Council.  Persons interested in volunteering may contact Mike Reed at 760-802-9041.

Every Arbor Day PTCA has volunteers from its membership donate labor and equipment to non-profit organizations to assist them in tree maintenance they might otherwise not be able to afford. This year they will be volunteering in two locations: the California Center for the Arts/Grape Day Park in Escondido, and also Girl Scout Headquarters in San Diego.  Over the years, the PTCA has assisted the City of San Diego at numerous park locations, The Boy Scouts, Quail Botanical Gardens, Campfire USA and many others.  This will be the 20th year the PTCA has provided free labor and expertise to beautify the urban forest in San Diego. 

PTCA estimates the value of the donated labor at approximately $20,000.


Vendor Spaces Available at the Amgen Tour of California Local Lifestyle Festival

As the host city for the overall race start of the 2013 Amgen Tour of California, Escondido is expecting record crowds Downtown on Sunday, May 12.

Located near the race start/finish lines on Grand Avenue and Maple Street, the Escondido Local Lifestyle Festival is an opportunity for vendors to showcase and sell their goods and services to an audience of over 40,000 people.

Space is still available. Vendors can register online at .


Free Public Tour of City Hall


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Free guided tours of Escondido City Hall are offered on a quarterly basis on the first Thursday of January, April, July, and October. The next tour will be held on April 4, 2013 and will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the City Hall lobby, 201 N. Broadway. The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes. No reservations are required.

Tours for school groups may be arranged by contacting the Community Services Department at 760-839-4691.

Completed in 1988, Escondido City Hall was the first phase of the Escondido Civic Center. The building was awarded the prestigious Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence in 1989. City Hall represents innovative, functional, state-of-the-art, cost-effective solutions to many specific City needs. City Hall was designed with an anticipation of the future, as well as an appreciation of the past, and is a superb example of how architecture can reflect the heart of the community and inspire civic pride.


Escondido Hires Director of Library and Community Services


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido City Manager Clay Phillips announced today that Loretta McKinney has been hired as the Director of Library and Community Services. She will begin her duties on April 8, 2013.

Ms. McKinney has served as the Director of Library Services at the Murietta Public Library since 2005. Prior to that she was the Deputy City Librarian at the Escondido Public Library between 1998 and 2005.  She worked in several different library positions with the San Diego County Library between 1988 – 1998, including Principal Librarian, Manager of Library Services, and Community Libraries Director.

Ms.  McKinney holds a Master of Arts in Librarianship and Information Management from the University of Denver, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in two majors: English Literature and Spanish Language and Literature.

In making the announcement City Manager Clay Phillips noted, “Loretta brings a proven track record and extensive experience in all aspects of library and community services. We were sorry to lose her in 2005 but glad to get her back. She will be a great addition to our management team.”

Ms. McKinney’s salary will be $125,000.



Escondido to Host 2013 AMGEN Tour of California Charity Gala


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The City of Escondido and AEG will host the Official 2013 Amgen Tour of California Team Presentation and Gala on Friday, May 10, 2013, at Escondido’s California Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

Titled “Escondido Out Front,” the evening will showcase the best of local entertainment, attractions and cuisine, and serve to introduce the teams and riders who will race in the eighth annual Amgen Tour of California, which begins in Escondido May 12. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer™ initiative — a complementary component to Amgen’s race sponsorship that celebrates cancer survivors and raises awareness about the free support services available to people affected by cancer.

      The Amgen Tour of California is the nation’s most prestigious professional cycling stage race. This year’s edition will feature 16 teams competing through nearly 750 miles of California’s most iconic roads, bridges and towns, with 12 cities hosting race starts and finishes from May 12-19. The race will run south to north for the first time this year, with the overall start beginning at 11:15 a.m. in Escondido.

The gala provides the Escondido community and southern California cycling enthusiasts the unique opportunity to meet and mingle with the world-class cyclists competing in the race. The racers are the world’s elite, from the ranks of Olympians, world champions, national champions and Tour de France contenders.

“The official Gala and Team Presentation has become one of the great traditions of the Amgen Tour of California. It’s not only a special event for the fans that are lucky enough to attend, but it’s also an evening that is memorable for the athletes as well,” said Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the race and senior vice president of AEG Sports. “It’s the first time competitors formally come face to face, as well as meet the race fans, and the riders begin to get amped up for the race ahead. It’s a highlight of the race experience for any cycling fan, not to mention the riders themselves.”

The evening will include a local wine tasting reception with the opportunity to meet some very special “guests” from the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park, the chance to bid on one-of-a-kind items in a silent auction, a seated dinner featuring local cuisine and perfectly paired wines, capped off by the official team presentation.

“This is the first gala event of this magnitude to take place on the Concert Hall Stage,” said Jennifer Nichols, gala chair. “The California Center for the Arts, Escondido is thrilled to be hosting the kickoff event for the Overall Start in Escondido.”

The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the California Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Tickets are $125 with a 10 percent discount on purchases of three or more. Table sponsorships are available for $1,500. For tickets and information, contact Jennifer Nichols, Gala Chair For additional information on weekend events leading to the Amgen Tour of California start in Escondido or to purchase a ticket, visit

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 from May 12-19, 2013. For more information about the men’s and women’s races, please visit

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 our pioneering science and our vital medicines, visit Follow us on

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

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Pro Cyclist Timmy Duggan to do Meet and Greet at Bike Bling

For Immediate Release; Contact: Michelle Geller (760) 213-9561
Pro cyclist Timmy Duggan will be riding in the Amgen Tour of California, an eight-day stage race kicking off in Escondido on May 12, 2013. Timmy will be at Bike Bling at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 for a meet and greet as he prepares for the race.

Timmy is riding with Team Saxo-Tinkoff and has had an impressive career. His career highlights include:

  • 2012 Olympic Team Member
  • 2012 USPRO National Champion
  • Multiple World Championship Appearances
  • Multiple National Championship Podiums
  • 2nd, Stage, Dauphine Libere
  • 2011 Most Aggressive Rider, USA Pro Cycling Challenge

The City of Escondido is proud to be the host city of the Amgen Tour of California overall race start. For more information, go to .

Acting Police Chief Cory Moles to Retire in July


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Acting Police Chief Cory Moles announced today his plan to retire in July 2013 after serving almost 27 years with the Escondido Police Department. His last day will be July 5, 2013. His replacement has not yet been named by City Manager Clay Phillips.

In making the announcement Chief Moles noted, “I’ve had an incredible career with the Escondido Police Department.  It’s been both an honor and privilege to work with so many talented individuals at the Police Department, in San Diego County law enforcement, on the city staff and in the community. It has truly been a remarkable experience!”

Mr. Phillips also expressed appreciation for Chief Moles’ service, saying, “The city has been fortunate to have benefited from Cory’s many talents and leadership.  We wish him a long and happy retirement!” 

Cory began his career with Escondido in July 1986 as a Police Officer Trainee. Over the years he rose through the ranks and became the Assistant Police Chief in December 2007.


Settlement Agreement Reached in Voting Districts Lawsuit


Contact for City: Jeffrey Epp (760-839-4608) Contact for Plaintiffs: Jim Finberg (415-421-7151

The Escondido City Council and Plaintiffs have agreed to a settlement of a lawsuit requiring City Council members to represent specific geographic areas.  The material terms of the settlement will be presented to the court at a status conference which is scheduled for Friday, March 22, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.    The Parties will ask the Court to review the settlement agreement and then approve it as a court order at a subsequent date. The settlement will take the form of a consent decree issued by the Superior Court.

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 Redistricting 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 are submitted to the City Council for final up or down approval.  Districts may be re-drawn every 10 years if required by changes in the population as reflected in the census.    The first Independent Redistricting Commission must be chosen by September 1, 2013 and the Council must approve any proposed boundaries at least four months before the November 2014 election.    

Districts are chosen according to legal requirements in the United States Constitution and the federal Voting Rights Act and shall have reasonably equal populations.  Districts are to be geographically contiguous, and encourage geographic compactness.   To the extent possible, they shall respect the geographic neighborhood and community of interest, including any racial, ethnic, or language minorities. 

The City will reimburse Plaintiff’s attorney fees and costs of $385,000.   In addition to the City’s in-house legal costs, the City has spent approximately $200,000 in defending the case and preparing the settlement.