Escondido Secures First Sponsor of AMGEN Tour of California


CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, 760-8394621

Escondido, Calif. (Dec. 19, 2012)—Escondido city officials announced today they have received a pledge of $50,000 from David and Rebecca Vigil to support local initiatives surrounding the AMGEN Tour of California, considered America’s largest and most prestigious professional road cycling stage race. The City of Escondido, which was selected as the official start location for the 2013 event, will host Stage 1 of the race on Sunday, May 12, 2013.

Mr. Vigil, a 1979 graduate of Escondido High and a Sr. Vice-President at Qualcomm, is a longtime cycling enthusiast and has logged many miles on the same roads AMGEN Tour pros will race. He and his wife Rebecca, a 1978 graduate of San Pasqual High, were major supporters of Escondido’s final stage of the 2009 AMGEN Tour of California. 

In making the announcement, Joyce Masterson, Assistant to the City Manager, said, “We are delighted that Dave and Rebecca Vigil are the first to step up in such dramatic support of the race and we hope they will motivate other community-minded individuals and businesses to recognize the benefits of being a sponsor and supporting this event within the community.”

“I am excited that the roads North County cyclists have known about and been passionately riding for years are going to take center stage at the start of the 2012 AMGEN Tour,” said donor David Vigil. “Cycling can be enjoyed at any age, and I’m proud to support an event that will expose the community to the sport in such a significant way.”

Escondido officials have committed to providing certain city services and race expenses at an estimated cost of approximately $475,000.  Sponsorship packages at a variety of levels are being offered as a way to offset those costs.. Information about sponsorships is available on the city’s website at:   Additional information about the race or volunteer opportunities is available at 





"Walk 27" in Memory of the Sandy Hook School Victims


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Across the country and around the world, people will be walking for 27 minutes on Friday morning, one minute to honor the memory of each victim of last Friday’s tragic shooting in Newtown, CT. The walk is scheduled begin at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time and all walks will start simultaneously.

A local Walk 27 Escondido open to anyone who wishes to participatewill begin at precisely 6:30 a.m. on Friday, December 21, 2012 in front of Escondido City Hall.  From there, the walk will proceed north along Broadway, then west on Woodward, south on Escondido Blvd, east on Valley Parkway, north at Broadway to once again pass City Hall, and end within Grape Day Park.  Each victim’s name will be read along the way, each followed by one minute of silence.

Participants are asked to wear green and white, Sandy Hook’s school colors. 



Nominations Sought for City Council Awards


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Each year at the State of the City meeting, the Escondido City Council recognizes individuals who have improved the quality of life in the community through volunteer service. Nominations now are being solicited for these awards. 

If you know of an Escondido resident who has made a significant impact to the community, please obtain a City Council Awards nomination form by calling the City Manager’s Office (760-839-4631) or you may download a copy from the City’s web site:

Categories include, but are not limited to: Arts, Business, Charity, Community Beautification, Diversity, Education, Environment, Heroism, Historic Preservation, and Youth.  The deadline for nomination is 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16, 2013.

A sub-committee of the City Council will review all nominations and make its final selection in January.  The awards will be presented at the Annual State of the City presentation on Wednesday, February 20, 2013.


Grand Opening of Fire Station 4


Contact: Fire Chief Mike Lowry, 760-839-5400

The Grand Opening of Escondido Fire Station No. 4, located at 3301 Bear Valley Parkway, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 15, 2012.  The event is free and open to the public.

A Dedication Ceremony for the station will include comments by Mayor Sam Abed and Fire Chief Mike Lowry, as well as a “push in” ceremony, an old fire service tradition of pushing the fire apparatus into the station. Officially known as a “housing ceremony,” this tradition dates back to the 19th century when apparatus was horse drawn.  Following the ceremony guided tours of the new station will be available until noon.


Mr. Scrooge and Mr. Dickens Live Theatre Event in Escondido


Contact Karen Williams, 760-839-4046

Come see the theatrical production, “Mr. Scrooge & Mr. Dickens,” an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic, “A Christmas Carol” which is sure to be a treat for the entire family. Choose from six exciting shows including two matinee and four evening productions.  The matinee shows will be at 4 pm on Saturday, December 15 and 22.  The evening shows will be at 7 pm on Friday and Saturday, December 14, 15, 21, and 22.  Priced for the entire community, the matinee shows are donation only, and the evening shows are just $7 adults/$5 children under 12 and seniors 60 and older.  All performances will be held at the Park Avenue Community Center (home of Escondido Senior Center), 210 East Park Avenue,  Escondido. Purchase your tickets at Park Avenue Community Center, Escondido City Hall (201 N. Broadway) or the East Valley Community Center (2245 East Valley Parkway).  Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Tickets can be purchased at the door, only if there are still seats available for each performance. 

The play is a faithful adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic "A Christmas Carol" with a fascinating new embellishment: Dickens himself appears onstage to read sections from the work -- primarily passages describing the people and places of Victorian England, an aspect generally lost in adaptations of "A Christmas Carol." The production is further enhanced by carolers, dancers, computer-controlled lighting, music, and powerful sound effects. There will also be a surprise visit by Santa at the end of the show.

For the past several years, the play has been performed to sell-out audiences to benefit several San Diego theater mainstays including Patio Playhouse and the Poway Performing Arts Company.  This year, 100% of the proceeds will benefit children and seniors in Escondido by supplementing the Share a Dream Scholarship Program and the Park Avenue Senior Nutrition Program. For more information please call Park Avenue Community Center at 760--839-4688.


Amgen Tour of California Host Cities Announced for 2013

The following news release was issued by the Amgen Tour of California on November 27, 2013:

For the First Time Ever, Race will Travel from South to North, Starting in Escondido

LOS ANGELES – Twelve cities have been named official Host City partners for the 2013 Amgen Tour of California by AEG, presenter of the race, helping to make up the route which will take riders on a South to North course for the first time in the eight-year race history. Considered America’s largest and most prestigious professional road cycling stage race, the eighth consecutive edition of the Amgen Tour of California will travel approximately 750 miles from May 12-19, 2013. 

“Taking the Amgen Tour of California from South to North is something we always knew we wanted to do, and we are thrilled with the way things have come together for 2013,” said Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the Amgen Tour of California and senior vice president of AEG Sports. “We think this will bring a whole new element to the competition for the elite cyclists who participate, not to mention some striking California scenery for our worldwide audience. California provides a variety of beautiful yet challenging terrain, helping us achieve our goal of creating a challenging route year after year while showcasing the very best this state has to offer.” 

The official race start, Stage 1, will begin and finish in Escondido, a city located in northern San Diego that had previously hosted 2009’s spectacular overall finish. The next day, Stage 2 will take riders through the hot desert terrain from Murrieta to Greater Palm Springs, two cities making their race debut. For Stage 3, the race will return to Palmdale for a stage start and then travel approximately 100 miles west to the city of Santa Clarita. The city, which hosted the race in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011, will also serve as the start of Stage 4. From there, the cyclists will ride north toward the Pacific Coast and picturesque Santa Barbara, which last hosted the race in 2008, for the Stage 4 finish.

"I'm very excited to hear about the new South - North route for the 2013 Amgen Tour of California,” said Chris Horner, 2011 Amgen Tour of California champion. “After growing up in San Diego, I love seeing the race back on the roads I've ridden for the past 25 years. Being welcomed by thousands of fans in Escondido in 2009 was a highlight of my career, and I'm sure the crowds will be even more amazing for the 2013 edition. The Amgen Tour of California is one of my favorite races of the year, and I'm already looking forward to battling it out on the California roads again this May!”

The race will remain in Santa Barbara for the start of Stage 5 of the 2013 Amgen Tour of California. Ocean views will provide the perfect backdrop for racers and spectators alike as the route heads north to Avila Beach for the Stage 5 finish. San Jose will play host to Stage 6 and the Individual Time Trial, marking the eighth consecutive year the race has visited the city. San Jose is the only city to participate in all eight editions of the race.

Stage 7 will start in Livermore and head to Mt. Diablo for an intense mountaintop finish. The eighth and final stage of the 2013 Amgen Tour of California will start in San Francisco and finish in Santa Rosa, which played host to the official race start last year.

Commenting on the 2013 route, Tejay van Garderen of the BMC Racing Team, who won the best young rider classification at this year’s Tour de France and placed fourth overall at the 2012 Amgen Tour of California said, “Santa Rosa had big crowds and a huge reception last year for the start, so it will be exciting to go back to the hometown of the BMC Racing Team. I also spent a little time last winter in Santa Barbara, so that should be a fun town to finish in as well. As an American cyclist, the Amgen Tour of California is always a priority for me and our team, and I am looking forward to racing in California again in 2013.”

“Each of the Host City partners announced today is unique in its own way and brings character to our race,” continued to Bachochin. “We are looking forward to another exciting year and another intense competition.” 

Amgen returns as the race title sponsor for the eighth consecutive year, continuing to leverage the event to raise awareness of the important resources available to people affected by cancer through its Breakaway from Cancer® initiative. (For more information,

“The Amgen Tour of California has provided a platform for us to extend the reach of Breakaway from Cancer, a collaboration between Amgen and four nonprofit organizations dedicated to empowering patients through education, resources, and hope,” said Bob Azelby, vice president and general manager, Amgen Oncology. “Given Amgen’s mission to serve patients, we look forward to honoring cancer survivors and their loved ones in the host communities as the race travels throughout California.”

Carrying an elite distinction, the Amgen Tour of California is listed on the international professional cycling calendar (2. HC, meaning “beyond category”), awarding important, world-ranking points to the top finishers.

The Amgen Tour of California continues to draw global attention as one of the most anticipated cycling events of the year – one that attracts Olympic medalists, World Champions and the top Tour de France competitors.

“As an American pro cyclist and recent California transplant, I am extremely excited to see where the 2013 Amgen Tour of California route will run,” said Peter Stetina of Team Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda. “Being on an American team, Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda, with American sponsors, The Amgen Tour of California is one of the most important races of the year for us.”

The 12 Host City partners for the 2013 Amgen Tour of California include:

  • Stage 1: Sunday, May 12 – Escondido
  • Stage 2: Monday, May 13 – Murrieta to Greater Palm Springs
  • Stage 3: Tuesday, May 14 – Palmdale to Santa Clarita
  • Stage 4: Wednesday, May 15 – Santa Clarita to Santa Barbara
  • Stage 5: Thursday, May 16 – Santa Barbara to Avila Beach
  • Stage 6: Friday, May 17 – San Jose (Individual Time Trial)
  • Stage 7: Saturday, May 18 – Livermore to Mt. Diablo
  • Stage 8: Sunday, May 19 – San Francisco to Santa Rosa

In celebration of the Host Cities announcement, the newly designed 2013 race Leader Jersey, produced by the new, official Amgen Tour of California jersey supplier Champion System, is now available for purchase online at Also on sale is a special, Limited Edition Jersey, perfect for the cycling fan on your holiday gift list. More details on the Champion System partnership will be released next month. For further information on the 2013 Amgen Tour of California, and to view the 2013 Amgen Tour of California map, 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.

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, 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 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 ING 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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Escondido High School to Host CIF Football Championships Nov. 30-Dec. 1; Intermittent Road Closures and Heavy Traffic Expected

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE; Contact: Michelle Geller (760) 839-4587. The CIF San Diego Section football championships, which have traditionally been played at Qualcomm Stadium, will be held at Escondido High School this coming weekend. Game schedule is as follows:

Friday, November 30: Game 1 – 3:35 p.m.; Game 2 –7:35 p.m.

Saturday, December 1: Game 3 – 10:35 a.m.; Game 4 –3:05 p.m.; Game 5 – 7:35 p.m.
Heavy traffic and large crowds are expected around the venue, located at 1535 North Broadway. Intermittent road closures will occur on Broadway between Vista Avenue and Sheridan Avenue, and parking along Broadway will be reserved for team buses only. Attendees with large vehicles and RVs are asked to park in the Calvin Christian School parking lot located at 2000 North Broadway. No tailgating (barbecues, alcohol, etc.) will be permitted inside the venue. For more information about the CIF San Diego Section go to .


Portion of Jesmond Dene Park Playground to Close Temporarily


Contact: Antone Oliveira, 760-839-4665

The City of Escondido temporarily will close the northern children's playground at Jesmond Dene Park, 2401 N. Broadway, starting Monday, November 26, 2012 and it will remain closed until Friday, December 7th, 2012.  The closure is necessary to remove silt from the playground area,  re-establish drainage flows and replace the mulch in the playground areas. The southern playground  also will be closed for a short period within this two week period to replace the mulch also. One playground will remain open during park hours.



Accepting Applications to Fill Escondido City Council Vacancy


Contact: Diane Halverson, City Clerk, 760-839-4617

The City of Escondido is accepting applications for a potential appointment to the City Council to fill a vacancy that will be created when Deputy Mayor Marie Waldron is sworn in as the elected State Assembly Member for the 75th District on December 3, 2012.

The term of the Council seat is from the date of appointment to the next regular municipal election on November 4, 2014.  Candidates must be 18 years of age, reside within the city limits of Escondido, and be registered to vote in the City at the time the application is accepted.

Candidates must complete an application and respond to a supplemental questionnaire in order to be considered.  Verification of voter registration will be confirmed upon submittal of the application.  The packet is available online, by request to the City Clerk at, or by phoning 760-839-4617.  The deadline to apply is Monday, December 3, 2012, at 3:30 p.m.

The City Council will be discussing the vacancy procedures and potential appointment following the swearing-in ceremony on December 5, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.  They will take action within the required 60-day period thereafter.

In accordance with California law, the City Council has 60 days from the resignation of the official to either call a special election or make an appointment to fill the vacancy.

Learn More about the Asian Citrus Psyllid Pest


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The California Department of Food & Agriculture is hosting a second open house in Escondido on Tuesday, Nov. 20, due to another find of the Asian Citrus Psyllid  in the city. If you would like  to learn more about the Asian citrus psyllid pest, HLB disease and the response to the find, please plan to attend the meeting to be held on:

Tuesday, Nov. 20

5:30pm to 7pm

Escondido Public Library

Turrentine Room-2nd Floor

239 South Kalmia Street

Escondido, CA  92025