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eReaders eXplained at Escondido Public Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         

CONTACT: Paul Crouthamel, 760-839-4814                                                                             

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will offer “eReaders eXplained,” providing instruction and demonstrations on how to access and download free Library eBooks and online magazines to your smartphone, tablet, eReader, or computer. eReaders eXplained, will be held on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Seating will be limited to the first 20 people, so please come early.

eReaders eXplained takes the mystery out of how to use Library eBooks with eReaders, including iPads, iPhones, and other tablets, and will provide step-by-step guidance for the required one-time set-up. Anyone considering purchasing or having received an eReader as a gift can learn about the features of different types of eReaders. In addition, the program will also provide information on how to access Zinio, the Library’s new, downloadable magazine collection with over 100 popular magazines for use on computers, smartphones, and tablets.

Attendees should bring their own devices to get the most out of this hands-on learning experience.

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


Escondido Public Library Hosts Board Game Afternoon for Teens

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                          

CONTACT: Cathy Janovitz, 760-839-4283

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library introduces Board Game Afternoon, a new weekly program especially for teens and tweens beginning January 16, 2015. Board Game Afternoon takes place in the Library’s Turrentine Room every Friday from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., where teens can engage in friendly competition playing a variety of new and classic board games.

A collection of games is provided for players, such as Apples to Apples, Monopoly, Operation, Cranium, and Scrabble. This is the perfect opportunity for teens to start the weekend and unwind after school. It’s also a great way for high school teens to sharpen their skills to compete in the Library’s annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament which will be held on March 14, 2015. Cathy Janovitz, Teen Librarian, commented, “Board Game Afternoon is a way for high school teens interested in competing in Scrabble-Thon to practice, sharpen their skills and form teams to compete for the coveted trophy for their school.”

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Contact Teen Librarian, Cathy Janovitz, at 760-839-4283 or visit our website for information on Library programs.


Traffic Advisory December 29-31


DATE: December 22, 2014

CONTACT: Rafael Rivera

PHONE: (760) 839-4802

City tree crews will be pruning eucalyptus trees on the 600 block of East Grand Avenue December 29 – 31 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

West bound Grand Avenue will be closed at Elm Street. Detours will be posted. Motorists are advised to avoid this area if possible.


Rebroadcast of the Escondido Jaycees Christmas Parade

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      

CONTACT: Joyce Masterson

DATE: December 19,  2014                                                        

PHONE: (760) 839-4621


The 64th Annual Jaycees Christmas Parade held last Saturday, December 13, 2014, will be re-broadcasted on Sunday, December 21, 2014 and Monday, December 22, 2014, beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Channel 19 for Cox Subscribers and Ch. 99 for AT&T U-verse subscribers.


Clarification of State Controller’s Public Employee Compensation Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                

CONTACT: Joyce Masterson

PHONE: 760-839-4621

Clarification of State Controller’s Public Employee Compensation Report

Today the California State Controller posted the 2013 Compensation Report online.

As part of that report, the City of Escondido provided detailed information regarding the City’s revenue and expenditures, including the compensation of the City Manager and City Attorney.

The City Manager and City Attorney’s compensation in this year’s Controller’s report appears to be significantly higher than in previous years.   That is because under a provision in their current contracts, they have been authorized to cash out one-third of their accumulated leave balances every year of their three year contracts, rather than only when they separate from the City.   The compensation listed in the report includes the leave payments they received.

The contract provision was authorized by the City Council because as long-term employees, each with more than 25 years of service, their accumulated leave balances are large.   By spreading out their leave payment over three years it relieves the burden of a large one-time payment on the city budget.


East Valley Community Center Holiday Hours


CONTACT: Jilaine Hernandez, 760-839-4384

The East Valley Community Center (EVCC) at 2245 East Valley Parkway, will adjust its operating hours during the two holiday weeks from December 22, 2014 through January 3, 2015 as follows:

  • Monday:  December 22nd and 29th - 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: December 23rd and 30th - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 24th - 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday: December 26th and 27th - 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In addition to holiday hours, the EVCC will be closed for carpet cleaning and floor resurfacing as follows:

  • Thursday, December 25: Christmas Day
  • Wednesday, December 31: maintenance
  • Thursday, January 1, 2015: New Year’s Day
  • Friday, January 2, 2015: maintenance
  • Saturday, January 3, 2015: maintenance


Since the Escondido Technology Center is located within the EVCC, its  hours will also be adjusted as follows:

  • Wednesday, December 24th - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 31st - Closed for maintenance


On Monday, January 5, 2015, the East Valley Community Center and Escondido Technology Center will be open and resume regular operating hours.

For information about programs at the EVCC or about the holiday schedule call 760-839-4382 or visit the website at




CONTACT: Joel Agg, 760-839-5425


The Escondido Sports Center, located at Kit Carson Park, will adjust its operating hours during the holiday season.  On December 24, and 31, 2014, the Sports Center will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will be closed for Christmas and New Year’s Day on December 25, 2014, and January 1, 2015.


For more information regarding the Sports Center hours of operation or for questions regarding programs, please visit or call (760) 839-5425.


Traffic Advisory: Centre City Parkway between 9th and 5th

City crews are working on a water leak on Centre City Pkwy between 9th and 5th Ave. CCP is down to one lane going south until the morning of Friday, December 12. No water service is affected and no structures are damaged. Contact: 760-802-0803.

2nd Tuesday Book Club to discuss The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht


CONTACT: Neva Robinson, 760-839-4839


Escondido, CA -  Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s title is The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht.

In a Balkan country mending from war, Natalia, a young doctor, is compelled to unravel the mysterious circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather’s recent death. Searching for clues, she turns to his worn copy of The Jungle Book and the stories he told her of his encounters over the years with “the deathless man.” But most extraordinary of all is the story her grandfather never told her—the legend of the tiger’s wife.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on February 10, 2015, with a discussion on March by Geraldine Brooks.  The title for March 10, 2015 will be The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud.

All library programs 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 the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.


Free Sand Bags


Contact: Public Works, 760-839-4668

In anticipation of rain this Friday, Escondido residents may obtain free sand and bags at Kit Carson Park.  Residents are advised to call 760-839-4668 Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  to arrange to pick up the bags and sand. The park is located at 3333 Bear Valley Parkway and is open from sunrise to sunset.  Residents will need to bring their own shovels and be prepared to fill the sand bag themselves.



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