Mayor Abed's Second Town Hall Meeting


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido Mayor Sam Abed will hold a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers 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.

 This is the second town hall meeting Mayor Abed has held in 2011.




Contact: Charles Grimm, 760-839-4631

Over the next five weeks, the Iron Bark Eucalyptus trees in the pop outs along Grand Avenue will be removed by city crews to address safety concerns about falling branches.  They will be replaced with “Purple Robe” Robina trees.  The first trees will be removed on Sunday, October 30 and are located at 114, 115, 135, 150 West Grand Avenue. 

The Robina, a fast growing deciduous tree, was selected because it is low maintenance and drought tolerant, making it an excellent street tree.  It produces fragrant pink to purple flower in spring and summer.


New Utilities Director Announced


Contact: Charles Grimm, 760-839-4631

City Manager Clay Phillips announced today that Christopher McKinney has been selected as the Director of Utilities.  Mr. McKinney will begin his employment on November 14, 2011 and replaces Lori Vereker who took a position in Concord in northern California in August. 

 Mr. McKinney has served as the Deputy Director of San Diego’s Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Division since 2009.  Prior to that he was employed at San Diego Public Utilities from 2007-2009 as the Asset Management Coordinator, and as the Assistant Electrical Engineer from 2002-2007. Mr. McKinney earned a Master of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree.

 In announcing the appointment, City Manager Clay Phillips expressed enthusiasm for Mr. McKinney saying, “Chris brings a proven track record and a full awareness of the water and wastewater issues facing the city and the region. He will be a great addition to our management team.”


Escondido Police Offers Sex Offender Notification System


Contact: Lt. Craig Carter, (760) 839-4487

Escondido Police Chief Jim Maher is pleased to announce a vital new program that will allow Escondido residents to track Escondido’s registered sex offender population.  The program, OffenderWatch, is the Nation’s leading registered sex offender management and community notification tool and can now be reached through the Police Department’s website at: www. .  

Utilizing OffenderWatch, information regarding the latest status and whereabouts of Escondido’s Registered Sex Offenders can now be forwarded to subscribers via the OffenderWatch email notification system. Through these email alerts, OffenderWatch provides Escondido residents with accurate and timely information by updating changes made to an offender’s status.

Chief Maher encourages Escondido residents to take advantage of the OffenderWatch email alert system. By doing so, residents may confidentially register multiple addresses within the city limits of Escondido, that can include schools, playgrounds, churches, nursing homes, daycare facilities, workplaces and personal gymnasiums to name just a few.   Residents utilizing the system will then receive email alerts indicating a registered sex offender has moved to within two miles of any address they have registered with the OffenderWatch system.

All user information (names, email and physical addresses) for this service will remain confidential.  Residents wishing to learn more about OffenderWatch and other vital services offered by the Escondido Police Department may visit our website: www.

Meeting on Stone Brewing Co. Proposal for Kit Carson Park


Contact: Jerry VanLeeuwen, 760-839-4691

On Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. the Escondido Community and Older Adult Services Commission will hold a public meeting regarding a partnership with Stone Brewing Co. at Kit Carson Park (KCP). The meeting will be held in the Mitchell Room at Escondido City Hall, 201 N. Broadway. 

Stone Brewing Co. will make a presentation on their proposal to offer catering services and alcohol sales at the KCP Adult Softball Complex, the Amphitheater, and other designated areas.  Public comment and a recommendation from the Commission will follow the presentation.

City Issues Revision to Economic Development Master Plan RFP


Contact: Michelle Geller (760) 839-4587,

The City of Escondido has issued a revision to its request for proposals for an Economic Development Master Plan, originally released on September 1, 2011.  Details of the revision are as follows. 

In addition to the scope of work described in the original RFP (posted on the City's home page at, consultants must demonstrate knowledge of the Federal Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) requirements and processes.

Proposals should include a description of how the Economic Development Master Plan will fulfill EDA CEDS requirements as outlined in the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS) Summary of Requirements available online at



Portion of Escondido Bike Path To Close Temporarily


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Construction on a new bike path/pedestrian walkway under Ash Street (SR 78) at Escondido Creek will begin next week. During construction, the current bike path along the channel will be closed.  Beginning Monday, September 26, 2011, the western path from Ash to Beech will close and the eastern path from Ash to Harding, will close on Tuesday, September 27, 2011.  The bike path is anticipated to reopen around January 1, 2012. Detours signs will be placed to direct the pedestrians around the construction.   

The project is funded by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)  and is anticipated to cost $2,045,183. The contractor for the project is Southland Paving.





Contact: Marsha Whalen, 760-839-4560

The Escondido City Council is considering putting a charter city proposal to the voters in 2012 to change the governing system from a general law city to a charter city.  A special workshop will be held on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. in the Mitchell Room at City Hall to discuss this idea and to receive input from the public.

In California, there are two kinds of cities: charter cities and general law cities. Of the 477 cities in the state, 105 are chartered. Both kinds of cities have broad powers and enjoy considerable freedom in the form of government which may be established, and the types of activities in which they may engage.

A general law city operates within the parameters of California municipal law. The advantage of a general law city is that general state laws have been subjected to judicial scrutiny and tested over the years, so there is relatively little confusion about their application. A charter city is defined by the city's own charter document rather than by state, regional or national laws. An advantage of a charter city is that its powers are not restricted to only those outlined in the general state municipal law, so a city can tailor its organization to provide for unique local conditions and needs.


Power Restored But Conservation Still Needed

For Immediate Release

Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

SDG&E has been able to restore power to nearly all 1.4 million of their customers.  However, they still need the public's help in conserving power as the power system will be fragile today.  A few conservation tips to remember:

Set your air conditioner to 78 or higher, if your safety permits

Use fans rather than you're A/C between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., if safety permits

Turn off the air conditioner when leaving the house

Draw blinds and drapes to keep the sun out during the warmer parts of the day


Update on Power Failure (Sept. 8, 8:57 p.m.)


Joyce Masterson, 760-839-5025

San Diego Gas and Electric anticipates that power will begin to be restored in phases throughout the County later tonight, with most areas being restored throughout the day on Friday, September 9. Escondido public elementary schools and high schools will be closed on Friday, September 9.  

Temperatures in Escondido are still expected to be hot on Friday. A “cool zone” for older adults and disabled persons with health problems that could be complicated by hot weather has been designated at the Community Room of the Police and Fire Headquarters, 1163 N. Centre City Parkway.  It will be open Friday between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

City officials report that all backup generators at city facilities, including the water and wastewater plants, are functioning without any problems.

Escondido residents are advised to stay at home, if at all possible.  If you must go out, motorists are advised to treat any non-working traffic signals as a four-way stop.   Please do not call,  9-1-1 unless you have a life-threatening emergency.