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 library.escondido.org 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 sportscenter.escondido.org, 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 recreation.escondido.org 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 recreation@escondido.org, 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 http://osfm.fire.ca.gov/licensinglistings/licenselisting_bml_searchcotest.php. 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 http://www.hcd.ca.gov/codes/shl/infobulls/IB2011-01.pdf.

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: http://www.osfm.fire.ca.gov/licensinglistings/licenselisting_bml_searchcotest.php

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.


Escondido Receives Award for Auto Park Way Improvements


Contact: Robert Zaino, 760-839-4001

The San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Public Works Association has honored the City of Escondido with its “Project of the Year” Award for construction improvements to Auto Park Way from County Club Drive to Citracado Parkway.

The award was presented at the May 13, 2011, monthly chapter meeting. The San Diego Imperial Counties Chapter annually recognizes outstanding individuals, and projects who have demonstrated discipline, vision, and passion, and the outstanding projects that service the public and make a difference in our quality of life.


City of Escondido Summer Sports Camp


Contact: Evan Perkins, 760-802-0377

Come check out Escondido Recreation's new Youth Sports Camp program this summer. Campers will learn the fundamentals/skills of different sports, and the importance of teamwork, respect, and communication in a stress-free environment to ensure success both on and off the field.

The Sport Camps we will be offering are Football, Basketball, Soccer, and an All Sports Camp for children ages 7-12 years old. Camp Days/Hours will be Monday-Thursday from 9:00-12:00 noon. The camps will be located at Washington Park, 501 North Rose Street. Camp Fees will be $40 per child per week, with an optional $20 On Track Add-on per child for On Track Kid's Adventure Camp. Registration is open now through 5:00 pm on Monday one week prior to the first day of your child's camp.

Scholarships are available through the Share a Dream Scholarship Program for Escondido youth (ages 17 & under) from low- and moderate-income families, so they can participate in Escondido Recreation's classes, camps, sports activities, and more at a reduced fee. For more information/application packets, go to recreation.escondido.org or call 760-839-4691.


New On-line Option for Water Bill Payment


Contact: Gil Rojas, 760-839-4322

In response to customer feedback, the City of Escondido is pleased to announce that it has implemented a new on-line bill payment option for City water customers. Customers can save time and money with this option by no longer having to travel to City Hall to pay their bill or by saving a stamp. All customers with access to a computer will be able to pay their bill through the new secure on-line system using a credit card. There is no additional fee for this option and customers are able to pay with Visa and MasterCard or with debit cards with a Visa or MasterCard logo.

City water customers can access the on-line payment option by visiting the City of Escondido’s official website at www.escondido.org and clicking the link that can be found on the City’s homepage or in the Utility Billing section. Customers will need their 10 digit account number and their assigned pin which can be found on their bill.

The on-line payment option can be accessed Monday through Friday from 3am to 11pm and all day Saturday and Sunday. The system will be down for maintenance on Wednesdays from 6:00 am to 6:15 am. Payments made before 4:00 pm on a business day will post the same day and payments made after 4:00 pm will be posted the next business day. Business days are Monday through Thursday with the exception of legal holidays.

Customers still have the option to pay by mail, pay in person, and use the auto pay service. If you have questions about paying your water bill, please contact one of our friendly customer service representatives in the Utility Billing Department at 760-839-4682.

Escondido Download Day


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The City of Escondido is hosting a Download Day event to introduce citizens to their new smartphone app, “Escondido, Report It!”. The app provides an additional way for citizens to report graffiti and potholes.  Interested citizens are invited to attend the event which will take place at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway  in Training Room 1 on May 4, 2011 from 3:00 - 3:45 p.m. Seating is limited,  so please contact the City Manager’s Office at 760-839-4631 by May 3  to reserve a space.

The Download Day event will allow the City to demonstrate the new app and its benefits to the citizens and the city. The vendor of the app, CitySourced, will be leading the demonstration and will help citizens learn to download and use the app. The demonstration will include a walk-through of the app with real case data. The free, easy to use app is currently available for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry users. The app will be available for Windows Phone 7 in the future. More information about the app and questions about the app can be addressed at the CitySourced website at: http://www.citysourced.com/neighborhood/2386/us/california/san-diego-county/city-of-escondido or by calling CitySourced at 818-305-6052.

The app provides an efficient way for citizens to report issues to the City. The app currently allows citizens to report potholes and graffiti and will allow the reporting of other issues in the future. Reports from the app go to the City’s Public Works Department who incorporates the reports into their work order system where the issues will get addressed. These reports include a location on a map which makes it easier for the City to locate the issue.

As always, keep safety in mind when reporting issues. Do not attempt to use the app while driving and do not stand in roadways to take pictures.


Section of Grand Avenue to Close for Six Weeks


Contact: Robert Zaino, 760-839-4001

The City of Escondido will close a one block segment of Grand Avenue between Quince Street and Pine Street to traffic from April 26 until approximately June 7, 2011. The road closure is needed to accommodate the final improvements of the Mercado Project, including the lowering of the roadway by two feet, concrete work, curbs and cross gutters and pedestrian sidewalks.

In an effort to minimize the impact this will have on affected businesses, signs will be posted notifying the public that the businesses are open and also directing them to nearby parking.

Residents with questions or comments may contact the City of Escondido’s Field Engineering Office at 760-839-4664.

Lake Wohlford Road to Reopen on April 12


Contact: Dan Higbee, 760-807-1119

The City of Escondido will reopen Lake Wohlford Road to all traffic at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. All hillside stabilization efforts have been completed and crews are in the process of completing the hydroseeding operation for erosion control.

Southland Paving, Inc. was the contractor hired by the City of Escondido to stabilize the slope.