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.  




Joyce Masterson, 760-839-5025


San Diego Gas and Electric is not yet able to ascertain when power will be restored in the region.  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.   Please be extremely cautious if using candles this evening to light your home, and never leave any candles unattended.

More information will be posted as soon as it becomes available.


Community Meeting to Discuss Escondido Creek Trail Master Plan

For Immediate Release

Contact: Dan Hippert (760) 839-6328

On Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the City of Escondido will host the second in a series of community meetings 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 .


Jo Ann Greenberg Named as Acting City Librarian


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

City Manager Clay Phillips and Community Services Director Jerry VanLeeuwen, announced the appointment of Jo Ann Greenberg as the Acting City Librarian for the City of Escondido.  Ms. Greenberg replaces Ms. Laura Mitchell who retired on August 31, 2011 after 22 years with the City of Escondido.

 Jo Ann has worked for the Escondido Public Library for 33 years, beginning as a Library Clerk and serving most recently as Deputy City Librarian. Jo Ann has a Master’s in Library Science from San Jose State University. She also has a Master of Science in Education from National University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rhode Island. She is a member of the California Library Association and the American Library Association.

 Due to Escondido’s budget constraints, a search for a permanent replacement for the City Librarian position has been put on hold.