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Mayflower Dog Park Reopens

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       DATE: December 16, 2015                                                                      

CONTACT: Bud Oliveira, Deputy Director of Public Works, 760-839-4665


Mayflower Dog Park Reopens for Use


The Mayflower Dog Park has reopened for use as of December 16, 2015. The recent closure was a precautionary action as a result of a park user reporting their dog contracted parvovirus after a visit to the park. City staff contacted the County of San Diego's Department of Environmental Health, County Veterinarian, Dr. Nikos Gurfield, for information about parvovirus and what steps should be taken to protect dogs visiting the park. Dr. Gurfield explained the most effective way to protect a dog from contracting the virus is to have all dogs properly vaccinated against parvovirus, as well as other diseases such as distemper and rabies, before visiting the park. Dr. Gurfield added that it was very difficult to determine where a dog actually contracted the virus. City officials, after consulting with Dr. Gurfield, have decided that sterilizing the park grounds would not be a long term solution because the virus could be introduced to the park by a sick dog that was shedding parvovirus. Dr. Gurfield recommended that pet owners only bring healthy, fully vaccinated dogs to the park.


Escondido Public Library Teen Book Club Discusses The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson


CONTACT: Cathy Janovitz, 760-839-4283

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library’s Burritos & Book Club for teens, ages 13 to 18, meets on Saturday, January 16, 2016, in the Turrentine Room from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Kiss of Deception, by Mary E. Pearson, is the selected title. Copies of The Kiss of Deception are currently available for checkout at the Library’s Information Desk or can be reserved using the Library’s online catalog at

The Kiss of Deception is the first book in a fantasy series about Princess Lia, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan. Strong and determined, Lia flees on the morning of her marriage, which is no more than a political alliance to a prince she has never met. As she settles into her new life, she becomes intrigued when two male strangers arrive in the village she now calls home. What Lia does not know, is that one of them is the prince that she jilted and the other is an assassin sent by her own father. As she becomes involved with both gentlemen, Lia also tries to determine what mysteries are hidden within the ancient documents she stole from the Chancellor’s secret collection. These documents take Lia on a quest; a journey where she uncovers deception upon deception and unlocks perilous secrets that could lead to the unraveling of her world.

In addition to discussing The Kiss of Deception, teens can share their opinions and ideas about other books they have enjoyed and propose titles for the next Burritos & Book Club meeting. The selected book will be discussed at the next meeting on Saturday, March 12, 2016. Complimentary burritos will be provided, and all participants receive a free book or audiobook at the end of the program.

This program is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and Taco Bell located at 1944 E. Valley Parkway in Escondido. Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido, California. For more information about teen programs, contact Teen Librarian Cathy Janovitz at 760-839-4283 or Additional information about the Library can be found at


Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses Doll Bones


CONTACT: Kristine Macalalad, 760-839-5458


Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, meets on Friday, January 22, 2015, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Author Holly Black’s Doll Bones, a Newbery Honor winner, will be discussed, and followed by a craft activity related to the book. Beginning December 22, 2015, a limited number of copies of Doll Bones will be available for checkout at the Children’s Desk.

For almost as long as they’ve been friends, Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been playing one continuous, ever-changing game of pirates and thieves, mermaids and warriors, all ruled by the Great Queen, a bone-china doll who curses those who displease her. Now in middle school, Zach is pushed to give up make-believe by his father. Poppy, however, declares she's been having dreams about the Queen and the ghost of a girl who wants the doll buried. The friends set off on one last journey in this award-winning New York Times favorite.

Library programs are free and open to the public. The R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information on this and other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at or contact Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad at 760-839-5458 or  Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.


Winter & Spring 2016 Storytime Programs at Escondido Public Library


CONTACT: Kristine Macalalad, 760-839-5458


Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library offers a variety of storytime programs in winter and spring 2016, designed for babies, toddlers, and pre-kindergarten children. Storytime programs are filled with fun songs, fingerplays, flannel board presentations, puppets and, of course, stories just right for the development of young minds in these age groups. Library staff are happy to help families find books to check out after storytime.

Escondido Public Library’s 2016 winter and spring storytime schedule begins January 4, 2016 and runs through April 28, 2016 and includes:

  • Rhymes and Reading on Mondays at 11:00 a.m. for children ages 3-5;
  • Baby Lapsit on Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. for newborn babies to pre-walkers;
  • Toddler Tales on Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. for toddlers who are walking up to 3 years-old. Toddler Tales is a bilingual program.

Note: Storytime programs will not be offered March 23-24 or 30-31.

The Library’s storytime programs address the development of early literacy skills that are important in preparing children for school. Each storytime program is planned and presented around the idea that parents are their child’s first and most important teacher. Storytimes facilitate bonding between parents and young children and provide a positive experience with books and play that often leads to a life-long love of reading and learning.

Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information on storytimes and other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at or contact Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad at 760-839-5458 or  Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.


Nominations Sought For City Council Awards


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Each year at the State of the City meeting, the Escondido City Council recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to improve the quality of life in Escondido through volunteer service. Nominations now are being solicited for these awards.

The general public is encouraged to submit nominations of qualified members of the community for consideration. Award nomination forms can be obtained by calling the City Manager’s Office (760-839-4631) or by downloading  a copy from the City’s web site:

Categories include: Arts, Business, Community, Education, Public Safety, Historic Preservation, and Youth.  The deadline for nomination is 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26, 2016.

A sub-committee of the City Council will review all nominations and make its final selection in January.  The awards will be presented at the Annual State of the City Address on Wednesday, February 24, 2016.


Temporary Full Road Closure on Juniper Street


CONTACT: Randy Manns, 760-839-6290 X7031


Due to the installation of new recycled water pipes, the City of Escondido advises motorists that Juniper Street between Washington Avenue & Valley Parkway will be closed during construction.  A full closure of the street will be in effect Wednesday, December 16, 2015 through Wednesday, December 23, 2015.  Detour signs will be posted. All work to be performed between (8:00AM to 4:00PM). No vehicles will be able access either side of Juniper Street via the Escondido Creek Canal bridge, including emergency vehicles.

Residents and merchants along Juniper St. (between Washington Ave. and Valley Parkway) should still have access to their respective destinations. However, gaining access to those points during the full road closure will be limited to either using Washington Ave. or Valley Parkway; no through traffic (across the Escondido Creek Canal bridge) will be allowed.

Persons with questions or comments may contact Greg Gomez, Resident Engineer at (760) 902-7249, Mark Lewis, City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspector II, at 760-807-1121 or Wayne Papac, MBL Project Construction Manager at 619-247-7828.

The new pipes are part of the City’s Recycled Water Easterly Main Extension Project which will deliver reclaimed water to eastern Escondido.


2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Liar’s Wife: Four Novellas by Mary Gordon


CONTACT: Monica Barrette, 760-839-4836

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on January 12, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is The Liar’s Wife: Four Novellas by Mary Gordon.  

In these elegantly written novellas of relationships at home and abroad, we meet the ferocious Simone Weil during her final days as a transplant to New York City; a vulnerable American grad student who escapes to Italy after her first, compromising love affair; the charming Irish liar of the title novella, who gets more out of life than most of us; and Thomas Mann, who opens the heart of a high-school kid in America.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on February 9, 2016 with the non-fiction title Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande. The selection for March 8, 2016 is The Red Lily Crown: A Novel of Medici Florence by Elizabeth Loupas.

Library programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and are free to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.  For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit or contact Adult Services Librarian Monica Barrette at 760-839-4836.


Temporary Closure of Mayflower Dog Park


CONTACT: Loretta McKinney, 760-839-4871

Escondido City officials announced that Mayflower Dog Park, located at 3420 Valley Center Road,  will be closed from Tuesday, December 8, to Saturday, January 2, 2016 as a precautionary measure after a report of a dog who visited the park in late November came down with a case of Parvo. Escondido is choosing to be proactive in order to keep our animal family members safe.


For further information, call 760.839.4691.





DATE: December 7, 2015                                                         

PHONE: 760-839-4519

CONTACT: Kristina Owens




Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public on two days in December: This Saturday, December 12, and Sunday, December 27, 2015, both from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Queen Califia docents will be on site to answer questions.

Queen Califia's Magical Circle is the only American sculpture garden and the last major international project created by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002). Inspired by California's mythic, historic, and cultural roots, the garden consists of nine large-scale sculptures, a circular "snake wall" and maze entryway, sculpturally integrated bench seating and native shrubs and trees planted within the interior plaza and along the outer perimeter. The garden bears the brilliant, unique mosaic ornamentation that is an unmistakable part of de Saint Phalle's later work. Complete restoration of the exhibit is underway and will continue for the next several months.


Flood Control Channel Maintenance in Preparation for El Nino


CONTACT: Julie Procopio, 760-839-4001

The City of Escondido has been working on a plan to prepare for El Nino conditions for more than five years and has made significant progress on its channel maintenance project ever since permits recently were issued.  In 2010, the City began collecting data necessary to obtain permits from environmental agencies to allow cleaning of 63 of its highest priority concrete-lined and earthen channels.  Permit applications were submitted to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Regional Water Quality Control Board and US Army Corps of Engineers by  the summer 2013.  After working diligently with resource agency staff, permits were finally received in late August 2015.


The work to clean the channels began in haste in September 2015.  To date, 27 of the 63 channel segments have been cleaned. A risk-based assessment was used to prioritize the order of work to ensure that the channels with the highest risk of potential flooding were cleaned first.  Crews have cleaned over 3.5-miles of channel and have removed 1,475-tons of vegetation, 18-tons of trash and 890-tons of silt so far. Work will continue until all segments have been cleaned, and the permit will allow Public Works to re-visit sites on an annual basis.


In addition to channels, the City of Escondido maintains a storm drain system that consists of approximately 5,200 curb inlets and outlets, and many miles of underground storm drain pipe. In preparation for the predicted winter storms all City storm drain inlets and outlets have been inspected, cleaned and maintained as needed.


More detailed information on what the City has done and what you can do to prepare for the predicted El Nino rains can be found on the City’s website at In addition, this website contains helpful information on what to do during and after a storm.



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