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Temporary Closure of Rose Street


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621


Due to the installation of new recycled water pipes, the City of Escondido advises motorists that Rose Street between Washington Avenue & Valley Parkway will be closed during construction.  A partial road closure will begin today July 22, 2015 through Friday, July 24, 2015.  A full closure of the street will be in effect Monday, July 27, 2015 through Wednesday, July 29, 2015.  Detour signs will be posted. All work to be performed between (8:00AM to 4:00PM). No vehicles will be able to get through including emergency vehicles.


Persons with questions or comments may contact 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 provide reclaimed water to local citrus farmers and the North County Cemetery District in eastern Escondido.


Escondido Public Library Presents “It’s Book Time with Ronald McDonald!” and Children’s Summer Reading Awards


CONTACT: Ricca Gaus, 760-839-4827

Escondido, CA — Escondido Public Library presents "It’s Book Time with Ronald McDonald!” on Thursday, August 6, 2015 from  2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Ronald McDonald makes a special appearance to share his love for books with children in an interactive show that includes an opportunity to meet him. Ronald McDonald teaches children that reading is fun and introduces kids to the important concept of "book time," the time we set aside each day for reading. He will also award prizes earned in a special drawing for Escondido Library’s Summer Reading Club readers.

As Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading program draws to a close, Ronald McDonald congratulates summer readers and encourages everyone, especially children, to continue to read for pleasure and join the Summer Reading Club next year. Reading during the summer helps prevent the “summer slide” that can occur when students who don’t read could lose up two months of reading achievement from the previous school year.

Escondido Public Library encourages book time through its early literacy programs and full schedule of summer and year-round programs for school-age children and teens. For more information on Library events, visit or contact Ricca Gaus, Senior Youth Services Librarian, at, 760-839-4827.

This program is free to the public and registration is not required: however, space may be limited and early arrival is recommended. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido, CA 92025.


2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin


CONTACT: Neva Robinson, 760-839-4214

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on August 11, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin.

When Anne Morrow, a shy college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family, she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong. Charles sees in Anne a kindred spirit, a fellow adventurer, and her world will be changed forever. The two marry in a headline-making wedding. In the years that follow, Anne becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States. But despite this, she is viewed merely as the aviator’s wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace, at last, life’s infinite possibilities for change and happiness.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on September 8, 2015 with KPBS’ 2015 One Book, One San Diego winning selection for adults, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. For nearly a decade, KPBS’ One Book, One San Diego program has enriched the pleasure of reading by adding an element of meaningful community engagement. Each year, the community helps choose a book that becomes the featured “One Book”, shaping community discussions; shared experiences; and special events that comprise the One Book, One San Diego experience. Escondido Public Library is proud to partner with KPBS, and other local libraries, in this endeavor.

All 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 and One Book, One San Diego visit or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.


Join a Summer Reading Club and Read to the Rhythm at Escondido Public Library


CONTACT: Ricca Gaus, 760-839-4827


Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading Clubs offer reading fun for all ages and special programs for children, teens, and adults through August 1, 2015. Join a Read to the Rhythm! Summer Reading Club by July 25, 2015 and read for enjoyment and incentive prizes. Register at the Library or online at

Children’s Summer Reading events include craft programs every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. and Read to the Rhythm! Music-themed programs every Thursday at 2:00 p.m.:

  • July 16, 2015 - Ken Frawley Animal Tales and Musical Scales!
  • July 23, 2015 – Craig Newton’s Music
  • July 30, 2015 – John Abrams’ Animal Magic!

Read to the Rhythm! events for teens also include crafts and music-themed programs on Wednesdays and Saturdays, including Hula BasicsEscondido’s Got (Teen) Talent,  and a Live Concert! with Nicole Burns & Katya Brown, and Triceratropical.

Adult Summer Book Clubs and family-friendly concerts are also scheduled on Tuesdays and Saturdays. For more information about the 2015 Summer Reading Clubs and scheduled performers, visit or contact Ricca Gaus, Senior Youth Services Librarian, at, 760-839-4827, or David Frazee, Adult Services Librarian, at, 760-839-4211.

Library programs are free to the public and generously supported by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.


Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library


CONTACT: Cecy Rayphole, 760-839-4289

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, July 25, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Me llamo Bud, No Buddy/Bud, Not Buddy, a Newbery Award winner by Christopher Paul Curtis, is the selected book for July. Copies of the book are available through the Escondido Public Library catalog and can be reserved.

Me llamo Bud, No Buddy/Bud, Not Buddy, is the story of 10-year-old, orphaned African-American, Bud Caldwell, who lives in Flint, Michigan. It takes place in 1936 during the Great Depression. The few items Bud has left of his mother, who has passed away, include: a blanket, a bag of rocks, a photograph of his mother as a child, and fliers that show Herman E. Calloway and his jazz band. Feeling unwanted, unloved, and alone, Bud sets out on a most remarkable quest—to find Calloway, the man he thinks is his father. This is a touching story for all ages.

The musical motif throughout Me llamo Bud, No Buddy/Bud, Not Buddy complements Escondido Public Library’s 2015 Summer Reading theme, Read to the Rhythm!, In addition to participating in Rincón Literario, readers can sign-up online at or at a Library Information Desk through July 25, 2015 to read for prizes, and enjoy special musical and programs.

Cecy Rayphole, Rincón Literario facilitator, commented, “Book discussions bring people together to share their views, experience different perspectives and cultures, and discover what they have in common. Rincón Literario is an excellent forum for this exchange and also provides an opportunity to practice or improve reading or speaking in either English or Spanish in a supportive setting.”

Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, August 29, 2015, to discuss the bittersweet Bajo la misma estrella/The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and the Library’s Summer Reading Clubs, visit or contact Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4289 or at




Queen Califia's Magical Circle Open This Saturday



DATE: July 6, 2015

CONTACT: Kristina Owens

PHONE: 760-839-4519





Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public this Saturday, July 11, from 9 a.m. to 12 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.

Photos and more information about the art piece are at .

Arrest of Prolific Graffiti Tagger Closes Sixty-Seven Cases



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                

CONTACT:                                             Lieutenant Neal Griffin, 760-839-4700


On July 2, 2015, the Escondido Police Department arrested Victor Banderas, 23, of Escondido, closing sixty-seven different cases of graffiti tagging.  Over a five month period, Banderas vandalized both private and public properties throughout the city, from Mountain View Park on the east, to as far west as Palomar Medical Center on Citracado Parkway. The property damage caused by Banderas is estimated at over $20,000.00.  Banderas is facing dozens of charges for vandalism, many that will qualify as felonies.  Banderas is currently being held in Vista Detention Facility on a probation violation.

Victor Banderas


            To report any suspicious activities in your neighborhood, you may contact the Police Department directly, or you may make an unidentified call on our Anonymous Tip Line at 760-743-TIPS (8477) or via our Web site at

Escondido Receives Housing-Related Parks Grant

CONTACT: Karen Youel 

PHONE: (760) 839-4518 


The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has announced a $685,450 award to the City of Escondido through their 2014 Housing-Related Parks (HRP) Program. The HRP Program is an innovative program designed to reward local governments that approve housing for lower-income households and are in compliance with State housing element law with grant funds to create or rehabilitate parks and/or recreational facilities. Funds were awarded for preserving three affordable housing developments and creating 17 affordable home ownership opportunities. These funds will be focused on rehabilitation projects at several parks and community centers including: PACC (rebuilding shade and patio structures, upgrades in the kitchen, auditorium and restrooms, new flooring and painting), EVCC (exterior painting), Train Depot (reroofing and painting), Washington Park Pool & Rec Center (painting), Jim Stone Pool (painting and bathroom), Oak Hill Activity Center (paint, fencing, cabinets). 

More information on the Housing Related Parks Program can be found at: More information about City of Escondido parks can be found at: More information on City of Escondido community centers can be found at:

Drought Update for Businesses - Free Workshop June 23

How Will the Newest Drought Regulations Affect Your Business?

Please join City water officials for an informative free workshop about the State of California's newest drought regulations, and what you can do to manage your business's water use:

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

6 - 7 p.m.

Escondido City Hall - 201 North Broadway, Mitchell Conference Room

Contact: Michelle Geller, or (760) 839-4587

Escondido Adopts New Water Restrictions

For Immediate Release

Contact: Lori Rountree, 760-802-0803

New restrictions for City of Escondido water customers have been approved by the Escondido City Council.  Those customers will be permitted to continue to water three days per week, but only 7 minutes per station, instead of the previous 10 minutes. The three-day watering schedule remains the same: houses with odd numbered addresses may only water on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday while those with even number homes may only water on Monday, Wednesday, Saturday.  Apartments, condos and businesses may water on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For more information, visit

Allowing City of Escondido water customers to continue to water three times a week but for shorter times will help the City to reduce its water consumption while accommodating the needs of its customers who live under hotter inland temperatures than coastal communities.

These restrictions do not apply to Escondido residents who are customers of the Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District.  Those customers may water only two days per week for ten minutes per station.  More information about those restrictions may be found at


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