Traffic Advisory for Mission Road - August 2, 2011

The massive transporter hauling part of a retired steam generator from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station to Utah currently is parked in the center two-way turn lane in the 1300 block of West Mission Road.    The #1 lanes in both directions are closed.  Motorists should expect traffic delays in the area throughout the afternoon and evening. The operation will resume late tonight with the vehicle expected to encounter minimal difficulty in Escondido due to our wide and relatively standard grade streets.

The generator is being moved by a 192-wheel truck during late night/early morning hours and is not allowed to travel after 6:00 a.m.  Security for the equipment is being provided by the San Diego County Sherriff’s Office and armed security.


Community Meeting to Discuss Escondido Creek Trail Master Plan


Contact: Dan Hippert, (760) 839-6328

On Wednesday, July 20, 2011 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the City of Escondido will host a community meeting to receive public feedback regarding the development of a master plan for the Escondido Creek Trail.  The meeting will take place in the Mitchell Room at Escondido City Hall located at 201 North Broadway.

 The City of Escondido received a Healthy Communities Planning Grant to develop a master plan for the Escondido Creek Trail from SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments) as part of Healthy WorksSM, a countywide initiative making systems and environmental changes promoting wellness and addressing the nationwide obesity epidemic.  Healthy WorksSM, administered by the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, is funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the County of San Diego.

The goal of the master plan is to revitalize the trail so it becomes a safe, attractive destination, fostering healthy lifestyles by providing opportunities for physical fitness activities, commuting alternatives and increased access to healthy food.

The master plan will focus on a segment of trail approximately six miles long from the Escondido Transit Center to the Daley Ranch conservation area and could include amenities such as new trail connections and pedestrian bridges, safer street crossings, better signage, community gardens, and improved landscaping.  The plan will build on the goals set forth in the “Revealing Escondido Creek” vision plan completed in April 2011. The vision plan is available at the Escondido Public Library and online at:

All community members are invited to participate in this important brainstorming session.  For more information contact Dan Hippert, Program Administrator at (760) 839-6328 or .


Ribbon Cutting for Grand Avenue/Mercado Project


Contact: Robert Zaino, 760-839-4664

Escondido city officials announce that a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of the Grand Avenue/Mercado Project will be held on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. on Grand Avenue and Pine Street.  Escondido Mayor Sam Abed and members of the City Council will participate, along with representatives from the Mercado Association and the contractor, Dick Miller Construction, Inc.  Immediately following the ceremony, the Mercado Association will host a brunch to thank the construction crews and dignitaries involved with the project.

The Grand Avenue/Mercado Project consists of improvements both within the block between Quince Street and Pine Street as well as pedestrian lighting and street trees in the downtown area from Centre City Parkway to Maple Street and from Juniper Street to Valley Boulevard.  The improvements on Grand Avenue between Quince Street and Pine Street include new paving, curb, gutter, storm drain system, sidewalk, new traffic signal at Grand Avenue and Quince Street, street trees with grates, pedestrian lights, string lights, colored concrete, paver stones, irrigation, landscaping with lighting, seating areas with benches and urn fountains.       

The final cost of the total project was $2.25 million.  Funding for the project includes a $1,320,000 Smart Growth Incentive Program Grant from Sandag as well as Gas Tax, Traffic Impact Fee and Prop 42 funding. 



Daley Ranch Shuttle To Be Discontinued


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-5621

The Daley Ranch Shuttle will be temporarily discontinued effective July 1, 2011 until a new provider of that service can be found. The current provider, Redwood Senior Homes &  Services, has decided not to renew its contract which expires on June 30, 2011.

Since private motorized vehicles are not permitted within Daley Ranch, the City had been providing the free shuttle service, which ran every Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The shuttle picked up passengers at the La Honda Drive entrance gate on the half-hour and on the hour, and picked up passengers at the Ranch House for the return trip on the quarter hour.


Escondido Town Hall Meeting


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido Mayor Sam Abed will hold a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. in the Mitchell Room at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway.  The purpose of the meeting is to address any questions or concerns citizens may have on any topic relating to local government. The event is free and no reservations are required.

The meeting will begin with a brief overview of city services by Departments Heads, followed by an open question and answer period.


City Goes Live With Online Video Tourbook


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Visitors, businesses and residents interested in taking a virtual tour of Escondido can now do so from the City of Escondido’s official Web site at

Featured in the City’s newly launched “Video Tourbook” are 10 one-minute professionally produced videos covering a range of topics.   In addition to a welcome message by Mayor Sam Abed, the collection includes videos highlighting Escondido’s arts and entertainment offerings, restaurants, real estate and historic downtown.  The community video site also features the logos and videos of local businesses who have signed on as sponsors of the program.

Escondido’s Video Tourbook is made possible through a partnership with CGI Communications, an internet marketing company headquartered in Rochester, NY.  CGI worked closely with City of Escondido staff to produce the community videos, and the program is offered at no cost to the City.


East Valley Branch Library Closing June 16, 2011


Contact: Laura Mitchell, City Librarian, 760-839-4601

On Wednesday, June 8, the Escondido City Council passed a budget for Fiscal Year 2011-12 that discontinued funding the operation of the East Valley Branch Library, located at 2245 East Valley Parkway in the East Valley Community Center. The branch library will close effective Thursday, June 16, at 6:00 PM.

After June 16, library patrons will pick up all reserved materials at the Main Library at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.  As a convenience to the public, outside book return units at East Valley Branch Library will remain open until mid-July. After that, all books and library materials must be returned to the Main Library, 239 S. Kalmia Street, Escondido.

The City Council has directed staff to explore options to maintain public access to branch library computers at the East Valley location; however, computer access will be unavailable until a new plan is developed and implemented. 

The Escondido Main Library will continue to serve the community with computer access and to offer outstanding services and programs for children, teens and adults.  Summer Reading for children and teens begins June 16 and runs through July 31. For more information on these and other programs, visit the library’s web site at or call 769-839-4683. 


Recreation Accepting Registration for Summer Programs


Contact:  Jerry Van Leeuwen, 760-839-4871

With budget issues favorably resolved and all recreation facilities in operation, Escondido Recreation is geared up to kick off the 55th year of summer fun and safety!   Realize peace of mind knowing that your kids are enjoying their summer while learning new skills and making new friends in a safe and well-supervised environment.

Registration is now being accepted for:

Summer camps for kids ages 5-12 at Oak Hill Activity Center and Washington Park.  CIT- Counselor-In-Training is available for teens ages 13 to 15.  Weekly sessions run June 14 through August 19.

Aquatics programs including Learn-to-Swim classes, Me and My Shadow – Parent/Child classes, Water Polo for ages 10 through adult, Junior Lifeguards, and Master’s Swim. Open Swim begins June 17 at both Washington and James A. Stone pools.

Sport Center programs including British Soccer Camp, Skate Camp, and Summer Youth Hockey Leagues. Plus check out the bike, skate, and in-line session times at the Skate Park on-line at, or find us on Facebook at Escondido Sports Center.

Tiny Tots Preschool summer sessions and Kamp Kindergarten will begin July 5 at the Don E. Anderson Building and the East Valley Community Center.

Special Camps for children and Enrichment Classes for children, teens, and adults offer a variety of ways to gain new experiences, learn new skills, and get fit, healthy and strong while having fun!

For a full list of programs and activities, please go to or pick up an Escondido Recreation brochure at City Hall, the EVCC, Sports Center, or the library.

Register for recreation programs by fax or phone; on-line at, or walk-in to the East Valley Community Center 2245 E. Valley Parkway (760-839-4382), Escondido City Hall 201 N. Broadway (760-839-4691), or the Escondido Sports Center 3315 Bear Valley Parkway (760-839-5425). Scholarships available!

Escondido Recreation, nobody does summer better!


Carbon Monoxide Detectors Save Lives


Contact: Building Division, 760-839-4647

Most Homeowners Will Need to Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors by July 1st 

The City of Escondido has launched a community outreach effort to inform community residents that on July 1, 2011 many homes will be required to install carbon monoxide detectors.

The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that carbon monoxide kills approximately 500 people each year and injures another 20,000 people nationwide. In an effort to prevent these accidental deaths and injuries, the California legislature enacted SB 183 (Lowenthal) which mandates owners of dwellings intended for human occupancy to install carbon monoxide devices in existing dwelling units having a fossil fuel, (natural gas or propane) fuel-burning heater or appliance, fireplace, or attached garage. ("Fossil fuel" means coal, kerosene, oil, wood, fuel gases, and other petroleum or hydrocarbon products, which emit carbon monoxide as a byproduct of combustion).

CO devices must be installed in all single-family dwellings, including factory-built, by July 1, 2011 as specified above (having fossil-fuel, fireplace, attached garage). All other specified dwelling units, (duplex, lodging house, dormitory, hotel, motel, condominium, stock cooperative, time-share project, or dwelling unit in a multiple-unit dwelling unit building or buildings), must have CO devices installed by January 1, 2013. The Office of the State Fire Marshal (SFM) has developed a list of certified CO devices that meet the requirement specified within the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2010. For a complete list of currently approved devices please visit the SFM’s website at Under the search categories provided select Carbon Monoxide Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors for a complete list of devices.

Further details contained within the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2010:

Owners shall install CO devices in a manner consistent with building standards applicable to new construction for the relevant type of occupancy if it is technically feasible. See the 2010 California Building Code, Section 420.4, and the 2010 California Residential Code, Section R315.

  • CO devices shall produce a distinct audible alarm.
  • CO devices may be combined with a smoke detector, if the combination device meets all specified SFM listing and approval requirements.
  • Violation of Health & Safety Code Section 17926 is an infraction punishable by a maximum fine of two-hundred dollars for each offense.
  • A local enforcement agency shall provide the property owner a 30-day notice to correct.
  • Local jurisdictions are authorized to adopt ordinances requiring CO devices if the ordinance is consistent with the requirement of this bill.

For a full list of this legislation’s stipulations please review the Department of Housing and Community Development’s Information Bulletin 2011-01 at

Which carbon monoxide devices meet California’s standards?

BRK Brands, Inc.: First Alert
Models: CO250, CO400, CO 410, CO 500, C0511, CO 600, CO604, CO606, CO614, CO615, CO5120BN, CO5120PDBN, GC01


Gentex Corporation
Models: CO1209, CO1209F, GN-503

Honeywell Security
Model: 5800CO

Kidde Safety

System Sensor
Models: CO1224, CO1224T, CO1224TR

Quantum Group: CoStar
Models: QG100, 12RV-DB, 9RV

This list is subject to change please check the most recent list on California’s Office of the State Fire Marshal’s website:

Carbon monoxide alarms/detectors must be listed in accordance with either UL2034 or UL2075 and approved.


Night Paving on Valley Parkway


Contact: Dan Higbee, 760-807-1119

A major paving operation is underway on Valley Parkway, east and west bound, between Centre City Parkway and Interstate 15.  The paving operation started on Monday, May 23 and will be completed on Friday, May 27, 2011. The work is being done at night to minimize the impact on the surrounding business area.