Registration Now Open for Spring Break Camp

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE; Contact: Joel Agg (760) 839-4382 - Be sure your child does not miss out on an unforgettable Spring Break! Escondido Recreation is currently accepting registration for spring break youth programs. The On Track Kid’s Camp and the Counselor in Training Programs will be offered March 25th – April 5th while schools are out for Spring Break.

The On Track Kid’s Camp is offered for campers ages 5 to 12 and is jam packed with outrageous games, arts & crafts and special events! Weekly field trip packages are available as well including trips to Knott’s Berry Farm and the San Diego Zoo.

If your teen is looking for a great way to have a blast while gaining valuable work experience the Counselor in Training Program is the perfect opportunity!  The C.I.T. Program strives to teach teens ages 13 to 15 the importance of communication, teamwork and responsibility by teaching valuable job skills. The teens will have the opportunity to utilize their skills by volunteering in the On Track Kid’s Camp Program.

This year Escondido Recreation is committed to providing the same high quality programs at a new lower cost! Your child can attend the On Track Kid’s Camp or the C.I.T. Program for as low as $85 per week! Financial assistance is available for families with low to moderate income levels through the City of Escondido’s Share a Dream Scholarship Fund. Scholarship applications are available at City Hall, the EastValleyCommunity Center or online.

To register for camp or the C.I.T. program or for more information, please contact Escondido Recreation at (760) 839-4382 or visit us online at



Sixteen Teams Selected to Compete in 2013 Amgen Tour of California

The following news release is provided by AEG:

Most Competitive Field Yet Assembled for America’s Eighth Annual Premier Cycling Race; Lineup to Include Boonen, Farrar, Gilbert, Horner, Sagan, and van Garderen

LOS ANGELES (March 7, 2013) – Amgen Tour of California organizers have selected 16 teams from among the best international and domestic squads to compete in the country’s largest professional road cycling stage race May 12-19, 2013. With full rosters yet to be announced, the field will include Olympic medalists, Tour de France competitors and the reigning world champion.

This year’s event will be headlined by eight of the world’s top ranking Pro Teams along with UCI Pro Continental and Continental squads, collectively representing nine countries. Included among the American teams are the top two U.S. Pro Teams: BMC Racing Team of Santa Rosa, Calif., whose roster includes current world road champion Philippe Gilbert of Belgium, and eight-time* participant Team Garmin-Sharp of Denver, which will be defending its record-setting three Overall Team Standings wins.

Returning for their sixth year of California competition are Belgium's top team Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team, who has confirmed Tom Boonen, who last year became the first rider to win all four “cobbled classics” in Europe, for the race; and Italy’s top professional team Cannondale Pro Cycling. Other top World Tour teams selected include perennial powerhouse RadioShack Leopard TREK of Luxembourg, whose roster includes 2011 Amgen Tour of California champion Chris Horner of Bend, Ore., Australia's top team ORICA-GreenEDGE, Denmark's top professional club Team Saxo-Tinkoff, and Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team from the Netherlands.

“The Amgen Tour of California consistently attracts the world’s elite teams and riders, and has become one of the most important races on the international calendar,” said Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the race and senior vice president of AEG Sports. “With our eighth edition this year, we are honored to again host one of the top fields ever assembled in a spectacular showcase for cycling fans in California and around the world.”

UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team of Oakland, Calif., the top American-based Pro Continental team, will compete alongside Germany's Team NetApp - Endura and China's top squad Champion System Pro Cycling Team in their Amgen Tour of California debut. Also announced to the lineup are some of the United States' top Continental squads: BISSELL Pro Cycling, the winningest team in the National Racing Calendar (NRC) in 2012; Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies; Team Jamis – Hagens Berman; Bontrager Cycling Team; and 5-hour Energy presented by Kenda Racing.

“This year's Amgen Tour of California will be awesome,” said Peter Sagan, Cannondale Pro Cycling, winner of five stages at the 2012 Amgen Tour of California. “I had an amazing experience last year and from the looks of the route this year, there are some incredible stages and sprints I can't wait to take on." Several teams returning this year have made many prior appearances, including seven-time participant BMC Racing Team, which in addition to Gilbert, will race Tejay van Garderen, the top American finisher in the 2012 Tour de France (5th overall).

“The Amgen Tour of California is a big objective of mine because it's not very often that we get to race in front of a home crowd. So I'm really going to relish that,” said Tejay van Garderen, BMC Racing Team. “If we can go into the hometown of the BMC Racing Team (Santa Rosa) on the last day in the leader’s jersey, that would be a special feeling. I'd love to be able to do that and to pay back the team for the support it's given to me. To get the reception of the crowd in a situation like that would definitely be a career highlight.”

The race will wind through some of California’s most demanding – and scenic – roads and serve as a preview of key contests, including the Tour de France. This year, worldwide fans will get a new perspective on nearly 750-mile course. In February, organizers announced that for the first time, the 2013 Amgen Tour of California will run from south to north and provide new challenges for the athletes.

“As the biggest stage race in the U.S., the Amgen Tour of California continues to provide our cyclists with a challenging and exciting competition, and our North American and Asian athletes are looking forward to the test,” said Ed Beamon, General Manager, Champion System Pro Cycling Team. “This year will be over-the-top, literally, with several grueling climbs and a mountaintop finish at Mount Diablo.”

The race will begin in Escondido on May 12, north of San Diego proper, and will conclude on May 19 in Santa Rosa in the San Francisco Bay Area. Teams will cover a full range of challenging terrain as they speed through some of California’s most majestic and iconic highways, bridges, roadways and coastlines to claim stages in 12 official host cities. 

 “Every year the organizers of the Amgen Tour of California take it up a notch with a route that challenges cyclists and gives fans an incredible event,” said Team Garmin-Sharp’s Tyler Farrar, an elite cyclist who has won stages at all three Grand Tours. “I’m really looking forward to racing again on the West Coast with some of the best riders in the world, and I’m excited about this year’s route, especially the Santa Barbara stage and the final stage in Santa Rosa.”

"The Amgen Tour of Californiais the jewel of U.S. racing. I'm very excited that the 5-hr Energy presented by Kenda Racing Team will compete in this year's race,” said Frankie Andreu, the team’s Director Sportif. “The new route will be challenging and should be great for the fans. We look forward to taking our shot at winning one of the stages or a coveted jersey."

Also this year, the third annual Amgen Tour of California Women’s Time Trial Race, presented by SRAM, will take place in San Jose on Friday, May 17, just prior to the men’s Stage 6 individual time trial. The invitation-only women’s time trial will use the same course as the men and will offer a $10,000 prize.

The 2013 Amgen Tour of California roster includes:

UCI ProTeams:

BMC Racing Team, USA

Cannondale Pro Cycling, Italy

Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team, Belgium

ORICA GreenEDGE, Australia

RadioShack Leopard Trek, Luxembourg

Team Garmin-Sharp, USA     

Team Saxo-Tinkoff, Denmark

Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team, The Netherlands

UCI Professional Continental Teams:

Champion System Pro Cycling Team, China

Team NetApp-Endura, Germany

UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team, USA

UCI Continental Teams:

5-hour ENERGY presented by Kenda Racing Team, USA

BISSELL Pro Cycling, USA

Bontrager Cycling Team, USA

Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies, USA

Team Jamis – Hagens Berman, USA

Cycling fans can experience the excitement of America’s biggest professional stage race up close and personal by becoming a race volunteer. Race organizers are looking to fill nearly 5,000 volunteer positions. Registration and further information about the various duties available are nowonline at

Escondido will host Stage 1 of the race on Sunday, May 12. For more information go to

Escondido Appoints 2 Police Captains

Escondido City Manager Clay Phillips announced today that Police Lieutenants Craig Carter and Michael Loarie have been promoted to the position of Police Captain effective Sunday, March 3, 2013. 

In making these announcements today, City Manager Clay Phillips noted, “We are fortunate to have the in-house talent that allows us to promote from within. Both Craig and Mike will bring outstanding leadership, interpersonal and technical skills to the Police Department’s executive management team.” 

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.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Bellevue University.

Mike Loarie began his career with the Escondido Police Department in May 1989 as a Police Officer, previously serving as a Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Deputy. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1997 and then Lieutenant in January 2005.   Mike holds a Master’s Degree in Executive Leadership/Business Administration from the University of San Diego, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Leadership/Management from Azusa Pacific University.

A badge pinning ceremony will take place at the March 20, 2013 City Council meeting at 4:30 p.m.



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 March 2nd 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.


Amgen Tour of California Route Announced

The City of Escondido, host of the overall start of the Amgen Tour of California cycling stage race on May 12, announced the specific route of Stage 1 of the race this morning. Stage 1 of the eight-day professional cycling race should prove to be one of the most challenging starts since the race began in 2006.

The announcement took place at Bike Bling, an independently owned bike shop and local race sponsor, located at 333 E. Grand Avenue in Downtown Escondido. Local officials and race sponsors were in attendance. Route information, including a new video produced by the Tour, is online at . For more information contact Michelle Geller at (760) 839-4587.

Annual State of the City Address


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Mayor Sam Abed will hold Escondido’s Annual State of the City Address at a morning meeting co-sponsored by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce.  The event will be held in the Conference Center of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 beginning with an optional breakfast at 7:45 a.m. followed by the program at 8:30 a.m.  Financial expert, George Chamberlin will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.

The breakfast is available for $15 per person. To make your reservation for breakfast, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 760-839-4631 or or make your reservation online at 

The deadline to reserve breakfast is 5:00 p.m. February 11, 2013.  For information on sponsorships, please contact the Escondido Chamber of Commerce, 760-745-2125.



Economic Development Director Appointed


Contact: Clay Phillips, 760-839-4631

Escondido City Manager Clay Phillips announced today the promotion of long-time city employee Joyce Masterson to the newly created position of Director of Economic Development and Community Relations.

Ms. Masterson has been employed by the City of Escondido for twenty-five years and currently serves as the Assistant to the City Manager, a position she has held for ten years.  For the past two years, she has played a prominent role in the City’s Economic Development efforts including overseeing the creation of the Economic Development Master Plan and Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), as well as the City Council’s Action Plan.  Prior to that, she served as the Project Manager for the Public Safety Facilities Project, overseeing the construction of 4 new fire stations and the joint Police and Fire Headquarters funded by the $84.3 million Proposition P Bond Measure.

Ms. Masterson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brooklyn College.  She is a member of the California Association for Local Economic Development and the California Association of Public Information Officials.

In making the announcement City Manager Clay Phillips noted, “Economic Development is a high priority for Escondido and this new position completes the structural changes we needed to ensure the appropriate visibility and leadership for our economic development efforts.  Joyce has a proven track record and a full awareness of the issues facing the community’s economic development efforts.”

Ms. Masterson’s salary will be $122,612.



City Hall to Be Open Monday Through Friday Again


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Beginning Tuesday, January 22, 2013 Escondido City Hall operating hours will be restored to full time and will be open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

In making this announcement, Mayor Sam Abed said, “We are very pleased to provide full time city services to the general public.  The additional cost of the full schedule will be covered under the balanced budget policy approved by the City Council in 2011.  With the improved economic activities in Escondido, it is important that we provide the residents, businesses and visitors with the highest level of service they expect from our city.

Escondido City Hall has been closed every Friday since January 2009 as a cost savings measure resulting from the recession. Prior to that, City Hall was closed on every other Friday since 1993 when a 9/80 work schedule was implemented. 


Daley Ranch is Accepting Applications for Upcoming Naturalist Training


Contact: Sue Evarts, 760-839-4241 or 760-839-4018

The Daley Ranch Volunteer Association is now accepting applications for coveted positions as Volunteer Naturalists.  Training classes for Naturalists will begin on Saturday, January 12 and continue through February 23, 2013.  Trainees will learn about the cultural and natural history of this area in these Saturday morning classes.  Courses include botany, reptiles, birds, mammals, Native American studies, and geology as well as training in Basic First Aid and CPR.  Upon completion, volunteers will lead visitors on tours of the Daley Ranch trails and talk about what can be seen from the peaks, valleys, and scenic overlooks.  No prior training or experience is required.

To join this team of well-trained Naturalists, pick up an application at the Dixon Lake Ranger Station, download one from the Escondido website (, or call the Volunteer Office at 760-839-4241 and leave your name and address to have an application mailed.

The Daley Ranch has over 22 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails and is open daily from dawn to dusk.  The hills and valleys of the area were once frequented by the Luiseño, Kumeyaay, and other local bands of Native Americans.  Their presence may be found in many areas of the Ranch.  A beautiful redwood house, built in 1925 and located in the middle of the meadow, is being renovated and will be open to the public in the near future.  In 1869, Robert Daley first settled in the area, building a log cabin and eventually laying claim to over 1600 acres.  Further acquisitions gave the Ranch the 3,058 acres enjoyed today as a mitigation bank preserve, operated by the City of Escondido. 

Visit the Daley Ranch website at and go to Daley Ranch to learn more about this unique, historic area located in the north eastern section of the City of Escondido. 


Escondido R.O.C.K.S.! Logo Contest


Contact: Danielle Lopez, 760-839-4517

The City of Escondido is holding a contest to create a logo for its Escondido R.O.C.K.S! (Recreational  Opportunities for City Kids) initiative which is designed to enhance the quality of life for youth in Escondido, ages 8 to 18, by encouraging them to participate in positive community activities.  This contest is open to all high school students in Escondido. The designer of the logo that best represents Escondido R.O.C.K.S!, will be awarded $250.

Entries must be submitted by email to by January 16, 2013. Please include your name, school, grade, and contact information with your submission.   The logo design must contain Escondido R.O.C.K.S! and must be submitted as a scalable vector graphic in EPS format, and/or as a JPEG. The logo will be used online, in print, on marketing materials and other public media. Flexibility is a key requirement, including the ability to resize easily and look good in black and white as well as color. The final version of the logo will need to be suitable for high quality printing.  For a complete list of the official contest rules, please contact Danielle Lopez at The winner will be announced on January 22, 2013. All entries will be displayed at two community events in April: the Escondido R.O.C.K.S! SMART Festival on April 13th and Dia Del Nino on April 27th.

The mission of Escondido R.O.C.K.S!  is to celebrate and promote healthy youth development through community collaborations and to increase youth participation in extracurricular activities. Through our efforts, relationships between service providers will be strengthened and the resources of the partners will be maximized.