Town Hall Meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido Mayor Sam Abed will hold a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 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

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

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Habitat Restoration at Kit Carson Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Restoration of wetland habitat near Sand Lake in Kit Carson Park will begin on Monday, September 17, 2012.  Through October, the contractor, Southland Paving, will remove 35,000 cubic yards of dirt and grade the site. Irrigation lines and new landscaping will be installed between November 2012 through February 2013. Park users should expect construction traffic and trail closures during the entire project. 

The work is required as a condition of permits from federal and state agencies to mitigate for impacts to sensitive habitats affected by work to be done along the sewer outfall, which runs from the Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility in Escondido to San Elijo Lagoon in Encinitas.

For additional information, please contact Utilities at 760-839-4078.

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GRAND OPENING OF MAPLE STREET PEDESTRIAN PLAZA

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The City of Escondido will hold a grand opening celebration of the Maple Street Pedestrian Plaza on Friday, September 7, 2012.  A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Plaza, located on Maple Street between Grand Avenue and Valley Parkway. There also will be musical entertainment by the Platte River Band, as well as the crowning of Dick and Ann Lievers as the King and Queen of the Grape Day Festival which will be held the next day, September 8 at Grape Day Park.

The Maple Street Pedestrian Plaza offers a destination for people of all ages to sit and relax, visit local businesses or engage with members of the community in a vibrant public space.  The street has been constructed as a “festival street”, with a single, one-way lane from south to north, with no curbs or on-street parking.  Through the use of removable bollards, the street can be closed to car traffic for special events making the block a people place.  The project also features decorative paving, distinctive landscaping and artwork, dramatic LED lighting, interactive water feature, and two large gateway structures at each end of the project. The Maple Street Plaza will also provide a pedestrian-friendly connection between Grand Avenue and City Hall, the California Center for the Arts Escondido, and Grape Day Park.

 

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Escondido Adopts Economic Development Master Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The Escondido Economic Development Master Plan and CEDS (Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy) was approved by the City Council at its meeting on July 25. A copy of the approved plan is available online at https://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/PDFs/EDD/CityofEscondido-ComprehensiveEconomicDevelopmentStrategy(7-19-2012).pdf

In December 2011, the City entered into a contract with the Natelson Dale Group, Inc. to complete the Economic Development Master Plan. In developing the plan, Federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) guidelines were followed to enable the plan to also qualify as a CEDS, thereby allowing the City to apply for EDA grants.

Extensive community input was sought throughout the development of the plan, including interviews with over a dozen local stakeholders and a 23 member CEDS Committee consisting of public and private sector representatives. The Economic Development Master Plan is a detailed work program for economic development over the next 5-10 years that dovetails with the Council Action Plan and General Plan update. The plan includes strategies to foster a strong business climate, create jobs and attract future private investment.

 

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Tickets Now on Sale for Grape Day Festival Wine Tasting Pavilion Saturday, September 8 in Grape Day Park

For Immediate Release; Contact: Michelle Geller, (760) 839-4587

Celebrating Grape Day has been a festive tradition honoring Escondido’s history for many years. For this year’s event, 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 new tasting pavilion featuring local wineries and craft beer. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Escondido History Center.

Following is a list of local wineries that will be offering wine tasting at the event, with more to be added:

Belle Marie Winery, Escondido

Bernardo Winery, Rancho Bernardo

Casa Tiene Vista Vineyards, Fallbrook

Coyote Oaks Vineyards, Escondido

Deer Park Escondido

Orfila Vineyards, Escondido

2Plank Vineyards, San Diego

Tickets are $20 if purchased online prior to the event or $25 on the day of the event and include a logo wine glass and tickets good toward wine and craft beer tastings. More information, including a full schedule of Grape Day festivities and ticket purchase options, is at www.escondido.org/grapeday.aspx .

City of Escondido Economic Development Master Plan

The final draft of the Escondido Economic Development Master Plan and CEDS (Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy) will be presented to the Escondido City Council for approval next Wednesday, July 25.

In December 2011, The City entered into a contract with the Natelson Dale Group, Inc. to complete the Economic Development Master Plan. In developing the plan, Federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) guidelines were followed to enable the plan to also qualify as a CEDS, thereby allowing the City to apply for EDA grants.

Extensive community input was sought throughout the development of the plan, including interviews with over a dozen local stakeholders and a 23 member CEDS Committee consisting of public and private sector representatives. The Economic Development Master Plan is a detailed work program for economic development over the next 5-10 years that dovetails with the Council Action Plan and General Plan update. The plan includes strategies to foster a strong business climate, create jobs and attract future private investment. To review the Plan, click here.

Fourth of July Celebration in Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido's annual July 4th fireworks display in Grape Day Park has delighted young and old alike with its spectacular displays and wholesome family entertainment. It has become an intrinsic part of our shared community heritage and has been instrumental in encouraging patriotism and instilling a love of our great nation into the hearts of our children.

Grab a blanket and head to Grape Day Park on July 4 for a fun-filled, star-spangled celebration!  Enjoy a variety of free entertainment beginning at 4:00 p.m. with Aerial Revolution,  an American Legion  Program at 4:10 p.m.,  Rumble King (4:45 p.m.), Kanan Road (5:45 p.m.), Creedence Relived (6:45 p.m.), and the Marine Band San Diego (8:05 pm.), as well as the YMCA baton twirlers (7:30 pm.).  From 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. the History Center will be open and there will be children's arts projects.  Last but definitely not lease, fireworks will begin at approximately 9:00 p.m. A variety of refreshments will be available for purchase.

The event is generously sponsored by the Linden Root Dickinson Foundation, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, and the City of Escondido,

Please note: BBQs, alcohol, pets, and tall chairs should not be brought to the park.

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Free Public Tours of City Hall & Police and Fire Headquarters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Free guided tours of Escondido City Hall are now being offered on a quarterly basis on the first Thursday of January, April, July, and October. The next tour will be held on July 5, 2012 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 of the Police and Fire Headquarters, 1163 N. Centre City Parkway, are available by appointment. Please contact Community Service Officer Roberta Akans at 760-839-4961 or rakans@escondido.org

School groups wishing to tour City Hall may arrange to do so by contacting the Community Services Department at 760-839-4691.

 

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Daley Ranch Trails Re-Opened

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

All trails within Daley Ranch in Escondido have been reopened following the completion of the repaving of roads surrounding the Ranch House. The work was performed by Asphalt & Concrete Enterprises, Inc., of Santee and was completed approximately two weeks ahead of schedule and under budget.

The project may not have been completed ahead of schedule had it not been for Escondido businessman George Weir of George W. Weir Asphalt Construction, Inc., whose “above and beyond” efforts allowed the project to be completed in a timely manner.  During the last evening of construction, the final load of asphalt was being delivered at approximately 7:00 p.m. when the dump truck inconveniently broke a drive axel at the bottom of La Honda Drive. Since the asphalt plant had closed by then there was no possibility of the contractor finishing the job that evening and his other commitments for the next few days unfortunately would have prevented him from finishing the work quickly. However, Project Manager Bud Oliveira contacted George Weir to see if by any chance he had approximately 10 tons of asphalt still on the road. Within 45 minutes George Weir personally escorted his truck to the site and the other contractor was able to complete the project. 

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City Seeks Input from Residents on Communications Efforts

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

The City of Escondido is conducting a survey to solicit input from its residents regarding communications. The survey is online at http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e5ycfxo1h2j7r62g/start and can also be accessed via the City of Escondido Web site at www.escondido.org . Hard copy surveys will be made available in the next several days at City facilities including the Escondido Public Library, the Park Avenue Community Center (formerly the Joslyn Senior Center) and the East Valley Community Center. The survey will remain open for approximately 30 days and results will be shared at the July 25, 2012 City Council meeting as part of the City Council Action Plan update.

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