City of Escondido


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New Assistant City Manager Appointed


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido City Manager Clay Phillips announced today that Graham Mitchell, current City Manager of Lemon Grove, has been appointed as the Assistant City Manager. He is expected to begin his duties on July 1, 2015.


Mr. Mitchell has been the City Manager in Lemon Grove since 2003.  Prior to that he was City Manager for three years in Farmersville, CA.  He holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Brigham Young University.


In making this announcement today, City Manager Phillips noted, “Graham brings a proven track record of city management experience and a solid understanding of the issues facing the city and the region. He will be a great addition to our management team.”


Mr. Mitchell’s salary will be $203,000.


Escondido Town Hall Meeting



Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido Mayor Sam Abed will hold a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, May 13, 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 ninth town hall meeting Mayor Abed has held since his election as Mayor.


Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library


CONTACT: Cecy Rayphole, 760-839-4271


Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, May 30, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Una y otra vez/Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, is the selected book for May. Participants discuss books bilingually, in English and Spanish. Multiple copies of the selected title are available and can be reserved in the Escondido Public Library catalog.

Una y otra vez/Life After Life is the captivating story of Ursula Todd, a woman who dies repeatedly in a variety of ways.  Ursula Todd first dies when she is just being born to Hugh and Sylvie Todd at their home in Fox Corner, England, on a bitterly cold, snowy night in February 1910.  However, Ursula’s death is not an ending but the beginning of a series of reincarnations and the chance to experience several different lives and destinies. 

Cecy Rayphole, Rincón Literario facilitator, commented, “Book discussions bring people together to share their views, but also to experience different perspectives and cultures, and to discover what they have in common. Rincón Literario is an excellent forum for this exchange and also provides a great opportunity to practice or improve reading or speaking in either English or Spanish in a comfortable setting.” Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, June 27, 2015, to discuss the classic, Cumbres borrascosas/Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. To access the book in the Library catalog, and for more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit or contact Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4271 or at



Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library: Planning for College Expenses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 

CONTACT: Neva Robinson, 760-839-4214

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library, in partnership with the San Diego Financial Literacy Center, will offer Planning for College Expenses, on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, from 6:00 to 7:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This free workshop is part of the series, Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library, and is geared to help parents and students become familiar with the ins-and-outs of paying for college and financial aid.

The program will offer tips on how to increase eligibility for free grants, where to find scholarship opportunities, how to help students reach for their dream school without financial compromise, and more. The San Diego Financial Literacy Center,, whose mission is to enhance the financial IQ of San Diego County residents will present the workshop.

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, contact 760-839-4839 or


Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses A Snicker of Magic


CONTACT: Lalitha Nataraj, 760 839-4219

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, May 29, 2015, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Natalie Lloyd’s A Snicker of Magic will be discussed, followed by a craft activity related to the book. Beginning May 1, 2015, a limited number of copies of A Snicker of Magic will be available for checkout at the Children’s Desk.

12-year-old Felicity Pickle has spent her life flitting from place to place with her nomadic mother, a woman cursed with a wandering heart. When they arrive in the town where Mama grew up, the tween feels right at home. Midnight Gulch once had magic coursing through its streets, a quirky place where people conjured up thunderstorms through song. Felicity also possesses a bit of her own magic—she’s a word collector who sees words shimmering and sparkling all around her.

With the help of the local townspeople, including Jonah, a mysterious, spikey-haired do-gooder, Felicity determines to bring magic back to Midnight Gulch. Fans of Ingrid Law’s Savvy and Louis Sachar’s Holes will treasure A Snicker of Magic, which is filled to the brim with folklore and legends, family secrets, and lots of heart.

Librarian Lalitha Nataraj said, “It’s been very gratifying to see young readers so captivated by the R.E.A.D. selections. Most importantly, R.E.A.D. fosters a social connection and friendships develop among the participating children.”

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Library programs are free and open to the public and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For information about the R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club, contact Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-4219 or at Additional information about the Library’s programs for all ages can be found at




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     CONTACT: Micaela Doucette  

DATE: April 22, 2015                                                                   PHONE: 760-839-4530


The City of Escondido recognizes the month of May as “Drowning Prevention Month” in accordance with the National Drowning Prevention Alliance. Nationwide and in Escondido, May begins the swimming pool season. The main goal of “Drowning Prevention Month” is to raise awareness of the importance of making children and families water safe. Drowning is a preventable act that serves as the leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of four.  In order to assure children are safe in and around water, the City’s Recreation Department provides the opportunity for children and adults to become water safe through over 260 Learn-to-Swim classes held at James A. Stone and Washington Park pools.  Classes are taught by Aquatics staff who meet the American Red Cross and State of California requirements for Aquatics professionals.

In addition to the Learn-to-Swim classes, Escondido Recreation hosts Open Swim for the public at both James Stone and Washington Park pools for just $3 per person. Escondido Recreation Aquatics staff encourages people of all ages to practice their swimming techniques, beat the heat, spend time with their families, and have fun at Escondido pools.

Open Swim hours for the 2015 summer:

James A. Stone Pool - 131 West Woodward Ave

Begins June 19 through August 16

Fridays 3-7 pm and Sundays 12-4 pm


Washington Park Pool - 501 North Rose Street

Begins June 20 through August 16

Mondays - Thursdays 1-3pm

Fridays 1-4pm

Saturdays 2-6pm

Sundays 12-4pm


For more information about Learn-to-Swim classes or Open Swim, please call 760-839-4691 or visit the Recreation Department website at:



Escondido Public Library Offers Job Search Techniques: Find the Job You Want


CONTACT: Sheila Rodriguez, 760-839-5440

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library will offer Job Search Techniques: Find the Job You Want, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., from May 5 through May 14, 2015. This two -week course will be held at the Escondido Technology Center located at 2245 East Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92027.

Job Search Techniques: Find the Job You Want will teach participants effective Internet techniques to search for jobs, cover the online application process, and discuss the importance of professional networking. By the end of course, students will know how to create and maintain an up-to-date, professional online profile. Sheila Rodriguez, Career Readiness Specialist, offered insight into the program, saying, “This course provides hands-on training that is vital because job applications are processed online today. The course also helps participants learn how to put their best foot forward in the job search process.”

Registration is required by April 28, 2015. To enroll, contact Sheila Rodriguez by phone at (760) 839-5440 or by email at All Escondido Public Library programs and services are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA. 92025. For more information on literacy services and Library programs, visit


Traffic Advisory: 1600 Block of El Norte Parkway


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Please be advised that the 1600 block El Norte Parkway has just been closed in both directions due to a fatal traffic accident.  The road is expected to remain closed until approximately 11:00 a.m.


Escondido Public Library Teen Burritos & Book Club Discusses Insomnia by J.R. Johansson


CONTACT: Cathy Janovitz, 760-839-4283

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library’s Burritos & Book Club, for teens, for ages 13 to 18 years, meets on Thursday, May 21, 2015, in the Turrentine Room from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Insomnia, by J.R. Johansson, is the selected title for the discussion and complimentary burritos will be provided. Copies of Insomnia are currently available for checkout at the Library’s Information Desk or can be reserved using the Library’s catalog on the website at

Insomnia introduces Parker Chipp, a high school junior who hasn’t slept in four years. Instead of sleeping every night, Parker enters the dreams of the person he last made eye contact with, preventing him from sleeping peacefully. If something doesn’t change soon, Parker could be facing death. Change comes in the form of Mia, whose dreams are so calm that Parker is able to get much needed sleep. But when someone begins terrorizing Mia, Parker’s memory blackouts leave him doubting his own innocence.

In addition to discussing Insomnia, time will be set aside to share opinions and ideas about other books participants have enjoyed and propose titles for the next meeting. The selected book will be discussed at the Teen Summer Reading Club edition of Burritos & Book Club, on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Participants receive a free book or audiobook at the end of the program.

Cathy Janovitz, Escondido Public Library’s Teen Librarian commented, “Burritos & Book Club provides a forum for teens to share opinions, feelings, and insights in a casual and comfortable environment about any book that interests them.”

This program is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and Taco Bell located at 627 N. Escondido Boulevard in Escondido, CA. 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 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents Latin-Jazz Chamber Music by Besos de Coco


CONTACT: Paul Crouthamel, 760-839-4814

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series proudly presents Besos De Coco on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Besos de Coco is an innovative and eclectic chamber group that generates a great deal of excitement with groundbreaking performances.

Tap-dancer Claudia Gomez Voce, double-bassist Evona Wascinski, and classical guitarist/vocalist Lorraine Castellanos form the group. They blend their talents and influences into a fresh and unique sound rooted in old-world Mediterranean, Latin American, and Jazz traditions. Besos de Coco commands the attention of their audiences with stage presence and intensity while establishing an intimate connection through lyrical, soul-searching Afro-Brazilian numbers, pulsating Spanish rhumbas, and sensual tangos.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series will be extended to include two summer concerts as part of Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading program that carries the musical theme, Read to the Rhythm. On Saturday, July 11, 2015, Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi will perform a fusion of traditional klezmer, New Jewish, Gypsy, World Beat, and Balkan music. On August 8, 2015, the Neave Trio will perform classical chamber music. For more information about Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading Clubs and programs, visit, or contact Librarian, David Frazee at 760-839-4839 or

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series is free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.



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