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Fall 2015 Storytime Programs at Escondido Public Library


CONTACT: Ricca Gaus, 760-839-4827

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library offers a number of storytime programs this fall, designed for babies, toddlers, and pre-kindergarten children. Storytime programs are filled with fun songs, stories, fingerplays, flannel board presentations, puppets, and craft activities that encourage the development of early literacy and reading skills.

Escondido Public Library’s 2015 fall storytime schedule includes:

  • Rhymes and Reading on Mondays at 11:00 a.m., for children, ages 4-5;
  • Baby Lapsit on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, September 1 — November 18, 2015, at 10:30 a.m., for newborn babies to pre-walkers;
  • Toddler Tales on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, September 1—November 18, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., for toddlers who are walking, up to 3 years-old;
  • Kinder Crafts on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Thursdays of each month at 10:30 a.m., for children ages 3-5 years; and
  • Cowboy Charlie on the 4th Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m., for children ages 3-5 years.

The Library’s storytime programs address early literacy skills that are important in preparing children for school. Each storytime program is planned and presented with the following in mind: parents are their child’s first and most important teacher;

storytime facilitates bonding between parents and young children. Storytimes provide a positive experience with books and play that often leads to a life-long love of reading and learning.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Library programs are free and open to the public and sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For information about storytimes, contact Senior Youth Services Librarian, Ricca Gaus, at 760-839-4827 or Additional information about the Library’s programs for children can be found at



Escondido Bond Ratings Raised by Standard & Poor's

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Clay Phillips, 760-839-4631


City officials announced today that Standard & Poor's Ratings Services had upgraded two of Escondido’s bond ratings.


Standard & Poors raised its long-term rating and underlying rating to 'AA-' from 'A+' on Escondido’s existing series 2012 water revenue bonds. At the same time, Standard & Poor’s raised the long-term ratings to 'AA-' from 'A+' on the series 2007 water bonds.


The outlook is stable for all bonds. The stable outlook reflects Standard & Poor's opinion that the financial performance of Escondido’s water system has been consistently strong and will remain strong over the two year outlook rating period.   Further support for this rating is evidenced by the water system’s stable and diverse customer base and recent track record of water system annual rate increases to support operations and fund future capital projects.


A copy of the rationale supporting the ratings and outlook is available on the city’s website at:




Town Hall Meeting

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621


Escondido Mayor Sam Abed will hold a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway. Following a brief update by the Mayor, residents will be welcome to ask questions or share their thoughts on any topic relating to city government.  The event is free and no reservations are required.


The meeting will be videotaped and rebroadcast the following Sunday and Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. on Cox. Ch. 19 and AT&T U-Verse Ch. 99


This is the tenth town hall meeting Mayor Abed has held since his election as Mayor.



Young Readers Enjoy Animal Antics at Escondido Public Library With Reptile Round-Up and Love on a Leash


CONTACT: Ricca Gaus,  760-839-4827                                   

DATE: August 24, 2015                                               

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library introduces Reptile Round-Up, a new reading program for children that nurtures their natural love of reading. Reptile Round-Up, for readers ages 5-12, will be held in the Children’s Room on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. beginning September 2, 2015. Children who pre-register for a 15-minute appointment read a book of their choice aloud to a friendly reptile, such as a bearded dragon. The children practice reading for fun or to improve skills in a friendly environment with a non-critical audience.

Reptile Round-Up is made possible thanks to a partnership between the Library and EcoVivarium, a local nonprofit Living Natural History Museum and educational outreach organization. Trained animal educators from EcoVivarium are on hand to introduce the animals, ensure safe animal handling, and share lizard lore. Library staff members  share related books and website information to promote children’s knowledge of these fascinating animals.

Reptile Round-Up is a companion to Escondido Public Library’s long-established popular program, Love on a Leash, Paws for Reading where children, ages 5-12, read aloud to pet therapy dogs. Love on a Leash, Paws for Reading takes place on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., beginning in September. The Library partners with the local Love on a Leash chapter and the addition of several new dogs expands the program and opportunities for readers to book appointments.

To participate in either program, children must be pre-registered, able to read independently, and accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. Children should come prepared with a book of their choosing to read. To schedule a 15-minute session for Reptile Round-Up or Love on a Leash, Paws for Reading, call 760-839-5456. Early registration is encouraged as the number of reservations in the programs may be limited and the appointment schedules fill up fast.

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Library programs are free and open to the public. For information about Reptile Round-Up or Love on a Leash, contact Senior Youth Services Librarian, Ricca Gaus, at 760-839-4827 or Additional information about the Library’s programs for children can be found at


Escondido Public Library Teen Book Club Discusses Conversion by Katherine Howe


CONTACT: Cathy Janovitz, 760-839-4283                                          

DATE: August 24, 2015                                                          

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library’s Burritos & Book Club for teens, ages 13 to 18, meets on Saturday, September 12, 2015, in the Turrentine Room from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Conversion, by Katherine Howe, is the selected title. Copies of Conversion are currently available for checkout at the Library’s Information Desk or can be reserved using the Library’s online catalog at

Conversion is a mystery that has a dual historical focus on the Salem Witch Trials and modern day life at St. Joan’s High School in Danvers, Massachusetts. Many of the girls at St. Joan’s exhibit a series of medical symptoms that cannot be explained. As Colleen Rowley begins research on the Salem Witch Trials, she begins to notice similarities between what happened in 1706 and what is happening now. In 1706, Ann confesses to the part she played in the Salem Witch Trials twelve years earlier. The interweaving of these two teen’s stories creates an intense tale that will keep readers guessing until the final reveal.

In addition to discussing Conversion, 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, November 7, 2015. 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 627 N. Escondido Boulevard 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


Flood Control Channel Maintenance Has Begun


Contact: Alicia Appel, 760-839-4528


Starting August 24, 2015, the City of Escondido will begin its channel maintenance project in anticipation of winter storms.  Since 2009 the City has been working with state and federal resource agencies (Army Corps of Engineers, Regional Water Quality Control Board and Department of Fish and Wildlife) to obtain the permits necessary for this maintenance.  Permits are required as these areas are considered to be “Waters of the U.S” and may contain wildlife habitat, and the work is not allowed to impact creek water quality.  Permit conditions include requirements to conduct surveys during the bird nesting season and where necessary avoid work that could impact nesting birds; habitat surveys at specific locations; water quality measures; cultural and paleontological surveys, as well as coordination with a tribal monitor.  These requirements are intended to protect habitat, birds, cultural, tribal and paleontological resources that may be impacted by maintenance activities.  City staff have been trained to implement the measures required to protect natural resources and to provide required documentation for annual reports.  Unavoidable wetland impacts will be mitigated through a combination of wetland enhancement (invasive species removal) and wetland restoration (invasive species removal and native species planting) in an area totaling 1.75 acres in Kit Carson Park.


City staff members have prioritized the 63 permitted locations for maintenance based on historical data, staff inspections and resident comments, within the constraints of the regulatory requirements.  Regular maintenance will continue over the 5-year permit term.  An application to renew the application with an updated list of sites will be submitted prior to expiration of the permits.


For further information on channel maintenance activities and environmental permitting, please contact Alicia Appel at (760) 839-4528.


Escondido Public Library Reaches Out at the Farmers’ Market Throughout September


CONTACT: Viktor Sjöberg, 760-839-4214

Escondido, CA – Stop by and meet Escondido Public Library’s information experts at Escondido's Certified Farmers’ Market on September 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2015. The Farmers' Market is open Tuesdays, from 2:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Grand Avenue, between Kalmia & Juniper Streets.

Each week, from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m., Library staff will be on hand to meet the public and learn more about the community’s information needs. They will also share information on how to obtain a Library card, as well as access free resources such as Chilton’s Auto Repair, eBooks and eMagazines. Weekly themes include:

  • September 1 – Tell Us What You Want, What You Really, Really Want! Share what you want for your community.
  • September 8 – How to: Prevent fires. Experts from the Escondido Fire Department team up with Library staff to share tips on fire prevention and answer questions.
  • September 15 – How to: Save water. City of Escondido Utilities Department experts team up with Librarians and share information about water conservation and what you can do to help.
  • September 22 – Creative Community. Meet Library staff and learn by doing; stop by for a collaborative craft for all ages.

Library programs and services are free and open to the public. For more information on this and other events, visit the Library’s website at or call Viktor Sjöberg, at 760-839-4814. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.


Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library Start a New Business


CONTACT: Neva Robinson, 760-839-4214

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library, in partnership with the San Diego Financial Literacy Center, will offer Steps to Starting a Business on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This free workshop is part of Escondido Public Library’s financial literacy series, Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library.

Start your own business and be your own boss. Learn what you need to know about the steps you should take to begin this great adventure and how you can protect yourself financially.  This workshop will be presented by specialists from the San Diego Financial Literacy Center,, whose mission is to enhance the financial IQ of San Diego County residents.

All Library programs are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.  For more information about this workshop and the Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library series, call 760-839-4839 or contact Adult Services Librarian Neva Robinson at


Traffic Advisory

SDG&E is doing gas line maintenance work on Via Rancho and Beethoven Drive near Westfield shopping center. To complete the work safely, traffic is limited to one lane at the intersection going westbound.  The contractor is not permitted to start work until after 8 a.m. when the rush hour/school traffic subsides. The work should be completed  by next Friday 8/28. For more information, contact SDG&E

Agreement Results in Energy Production at Wastewater Plant

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The City of Escondido and Anaergia have entered into a Power Purchase Agreement which will enable Escondido’s wastewater treatment plant to turn waste biogas into renewable energy. Mayor Sam Abed will participate in a signing ceremony to be held on Monday, August 17, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at the offices of J.R. Filanc Construction Company, Inc., 740 N. Andreasen Drive, Escondido, CA.

Each day, the City of Escondido’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) treats about fifteen million gallons of wastewater generated by both Escondido and Rancho Bernardo. In addition to producing high quality clean effluent, HARRF generates a potentially valuable byproduct in the form of energy-rich biogas, which is currently flared. On July 8, 2015, the City Council approved a 20-year agreement which will allow Escondido Bioenergy Facility, LLC (A subsidiary of Anaergia) to construct and operate a cogeneration facility that will treat HARRF’s biogas and use it to fuel internal combustion engines that will power generators for electricity production.

Under the terms of the agreement the City has committed to purchase at least 8,146 MWh per year for $0.129 per kWh.  This amount represents approximately 75% of the plant’s current electricity use, and is projected to save the City about $10M over the life of the 20 year contract.  In addition, all heat from the energy plant will be provided to the treatment plant at no cost. The project will result in significant savings from not only the low and predictable electricity price it offers, but also since the treatment plant currently purchases natural gas from SDGE to heat the plant’s digesters which are maintained at a constant 98 degrees.




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