Escondido Residents Asked to Curtail Non-Critical Water Use

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Lori Vereker, 760-839-5432

Due to the exceptionally heavy rainfall, runoff is seeping into the Escondido sewer system creating a strain on the Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility’s ability to process wastewater. Residents are asked to curtail non-critical water use, such as operating washing machines, dishwashers, etc. until the heavy rain stops. This will help to avoid having to discharge tertiary-treated wastewater into Escondido Creek.

Secondary-treated wastewater normally is discharged into the ocean through the outfall off of the San Elijo Lagoon, however the heavy flows are on the verge of overwhelming that system.

###

Workshops on Water and Wastewater Rates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Lori Vereker, 760-839-5432

The City of Escondido will hold the following public workshops to provide information and answer questions on the proposed water and wastewater rate adjustments:

Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Workshop for Agriculture customers
Mitchell Room, 201 N. Broadway
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Thursday, January 6, 2011
Workshop for all customers
Mitchell Room, 201 N. Broadway
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Workshop for Spanish speaking customers
Mission Middle School, 939 E. Mission
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

###

Road Closure

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Lake Wohlford Road Northbound and Southbound from East Valley Parkway through Oakvale Road will be closed until further notice due to roadway obstructions (rocks and debris).

Motorists traveling in this area should expect delays and are encouraged to use an alternate route, if possible.

###

Applications Accepted for Potential Appointment to Escondido City Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Marsha Whalen, City Clerk, 760-839-4617

The City of Escondido is accepting applications for a potential appointment to the City Council to fill a vacancy that will be created when Councilmember Sam Abed is sworn in as the elected Mayor of Escondido on December 1, 2010.

The term of the Council seat is from the date of appointment to the next regular municipal election on November 6, 2012. Candidates must be 18 years of age, reside within the city limits of Escondido, and be registered to vote in the City at the time the application is accepted.

Candidates must complete an application and respond to a supplemental questionnaire in order to be considered. Verification of voter registration will be confirmed upon submittal of the application. The packet is available online (PDF / Word), by request to the City Clerk, or by phoning 760-839-4617. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, November 24, 2010, at 5:30 p.m.

The City Council will be discussing the vacancy procedures and potential appointment following the swearing-in ceremony on December 1, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. They may take action at that time or within the required 30-day period thereafter.

In accordance with California law, the City Council has 30 days from the swearing in of the newly elected officers to either call a special election for June 2011 or make an appointment to fill the vacancy.

Lake Wohlford Offers Free Fishing Classes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Sue Evarts, Volunteer Coordinator, 760-839-4241/760-855-6316

Lake Wohlford has just started a new program to help children and adults become better at catching fish. Volunteers from the Escondido Senior Anglers will provide informational classes on the Basics of Fishing. Classes will be held on the third Saturday of each month at 9:00 a.m. and will include topics on casting, what is the right equipment to have and how to use it. This program will begin in the picnic area at Lake Wohlford and move to the water for practice. The classes are free of charge and you need not necessarily have your own fishing gear. If you have freshwater equipment, please bring it along so you can learn the specifics of each item (please, no salt water tackle). You will need to have a California State Fishing License to practice after class. Call 760-839-4241 and leave your name and phone number to register.

###

32nd Annual Dixon Lake Trout Derby

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Dixon Lake Ranger Staff, 760-839-4680

From November 11 to the 14, the City of Escondido will be hosting the 32nd Annual Dixon Lake Trout Derby. To make this four-day event competitive for the novice, as well as the skilled angler, there are a variety of ways to win. Prizes will be awarded for the following five categories: the largest trout of the derby, the largest in each age category (senior, adult, and youth), the first and second largest trout of each day, the smallest trout of the derby, and for thefirst 15 trout brought in that have a plastic clip on their dorsal fin.

Large trout and great fishing has been the hallmark of the annual derby. The Grand Prize winner of last years' derby tipped the scales at 6 lbs. 9 oz. The Grand Prize winning Rainbow Trout at 18 of the past 25 derbies weighed in over 8 pounds.

To enter each fisherman must purchase a daily permit normally required to fish the lake ($7.00 adults, $5.00 for kids under 16 and seniors over 60). There is no additional charge to enter the derby, but the $5 vehicle entry fee into the park will be charged each day of the derby. Since Dixon Lake now has an Aquaculture permit, a California Fishing License is no longer required. Fish must be weighed in during derby hours, 6 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., on the day they are caught. Since contestants can win only one prize, chances of winning are good.
For further information, contact the Dixon Lake ranger staff at (760) 839-4680 or dixonlake.com.

###

Families on Foot First Annual 1M & 2M Run/Walk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Nicole White, 760-839-4382

Escondido Recreation invites runners and walkers to participate in the 1st Annual Families on Foot 1M/2M  Run/Walk on Saturday, October 23, 2010, in Kit Carson Park.  Proceeds will support health and safety programs for youth through Escondido Recreation and the Escondido Education Foundation.

Bring the whole family out to Kit Carson Park in Escondido and start your Saturday morning on the right foot.  Participants can choose to run/walk a 1 or 2 mile course, improving their health while having fun and supporting Escondido’s youth along the way. This family activity encourages participation of all ages with a FREE Health and Safety expo from 8:30–11:30 a.m.

Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. with the first event starting at 8:30 a.m.  Participants may register the morning of the event, but if you register before 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20, 2010, you will receive the discounted price:  $15 for Youth, ages 5-17; $20 for Adults, $60 for Family (4 people); and no fee for ages 4 and under. Register on-line at http://www.familiesonfoot.com/ or call (760) 839-4691.

###

Escondido Residents to Participate in Statewide Tree Planting Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Over 120 Escondido residents have volunteered to plant 315 trees in Escondido on October 23, 2010, as part of a statewide effort by United Voices for Healthier Communities to plant 3,300 trees at 100 locations in California. Under the supervision of professional arborists, volunteers will plant 182 trees at Kit Carson Park and 133 on Centre City Parkway. 

The volunteers working on Centre City Parkway will check-in at the Police and Fire Headquarters parking lot at 1163 N. Centre City Parkway between 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. After a brief welcome by Mayor Pro Tem Dick Daniels, they will begin planting trees at 8:30. Volunteers planting trees at Kit Carson Park will check in at the Mary Lane entrance to the park beginning at 7:30 a.m. Mayor Lori Holt Pfeiler will welcome them at 8:45 a.m. and planting will begin at 9:00 a.m.

Following the tree plantings, a “Healthy CommuniTrees Expo” will be held to increase awareness about the benefits of trees. It will be a part of the City of Escondido’s Health and Safety Expo for the “Families on Foot Run Walk” which also will be held on October 23 at Kit Carson Park, 3333 Bear Valley Parkway, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Funding for the project, including the trees, comes from the California ReLeaf America Recovery & Reinvestment Grant Program through the USDA Forest Service. United Voices for Healthier Communities partners include the California Urban Forests Council, Western Chapter International Society of Arboriculture, Tree Fresno, Urban Corps of San Diego County, City of Lompoc, San Diego Regional Urban Forests Council, Central Coast Regional Urban Forests Council and San Joaquin Valley Urban Forests Council.

###

Environmental Impacts of Proposed Ballpark Available for Review

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Barbara Redlitz, 760-839-4546

The City of Escondido has released a Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) evaluating the environmental impacts of the proposed Triple-A Minor League Ballpark project. A copy of the document may be found on the City’s Web site

A hard copy is also available at the public counter of the Planning Department at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway, and at the Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia Street. The public review period for the MND is from October 19 through November 8, 2010. Written public comments will be accepted until 5:30 p.m. on Monday, November 8, 2010 and should be submitted to the Escondido Planning Division, 201 North Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025. A City Council public hearing on the MND and the related Development and Disposition Agreement addressing financing for the proposed ballpark is anticipated in late November.

The MND is a preliminary finding that there will be no significant environmental effects from the project because of specific mitigation measures related to biological resources, cultural resources/paleontology, geology/soils, hazards and hazardous materials, noise, and transportation/traffic.

The ballpark is proposed on 15.3 acres comprised of land owned by the City of Escondido, NCTD, and a private plumbing business, generally located north of Norlak Avenue and south of W. Washington Avenue, on either side of N. Spruce Street. The proposed 244,240 gross square foot (gsf) ballpark would provide seating for 9,000 persons, with up to 331 parking spaces onsite. The relocated NCTD bus storage facility and up to an additional 884 parking spaces may be located on the City’s western public works yard on the south side of W. Washington Avenue.

###

Rebroadcast of Escondido Candidates Forum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The City of Escondido will rebroadcast the recent City Council and Mayoral candidates’ debates sponsored by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce on Escondido’s government access channel, Channel 19. The City Council debate will be aired on Sunday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. now through October 31, 2010.  The Mayoral debate will  be aired on Monday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. through November 1, 2010.  Both debates also are available for viewing on the City’s General Municipal Election page.

###