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First Annual Escondido Business Walk Thursday September 25


CONTACT: Michelle Geller (760) 839-4587

On Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., volunteers from the City of Escondido and Escondido Chamber of Commerce will conduct the first annual Escondido Business Walk.

The Business Walk concept was started by the City of Vista in 2011 and has grown into a successful, well-received event. In the spirit of collaboration, multiple cities in North County will hold concurrent events this year.

Focused on local business retention, the event has dozens of volunteers conducting brief visits with local businesses. The visits include a short survey of business retention-related questions about projected growth, challenges the business may be facing and ways the City can better support them. Survey data will be used to guide future economic development policies and activities, and will also be compiled into a report to be presented to City Council later in the year.

For more information about the Escondido Business Walk, contact Michelle Geller at (760) 839-4587 or .

Daley Ranch House Tours Starting in October


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621


Beginning on October 12, 2014 Escondido Rangers will begin offering monthly tours of the Daley Ranch House.  The tours will be held the second Sunday of each month, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Rangers will lead the tours/presentations, with volunteers from the Friends of Daley Ranch assisting. 

This past year, renovations were completed on the Ranch House and grounds and it is now available to rent for weddings and other private or corporate events.  For information on renting the Ranch House, please contact Teresa Collins, Special Events/Economic Development Coordinator at 760-839-4507 or

The Ranch House was built in 1928 out of single-board heart redwood. It was used primarily by the Daley Family for summer entertaining since its one-board thickness made it too cold for year-round living. The great room features a massive stone fireplace made of cobblestones that were brought around the Cape by clipper ship. The great room also has beautiful single wall tongue and groove redwood walls, which are original, as is the hardwood floor. The original light fixtures were made by Escondido blacksmiths, and still hang from the tall ceiling.




Escondido Public Library Presents Escondido’s Surprising Connection to Balboa Park’s 1915 Panama-California Exposition


CONTACT: Helene Idels, 760-839-4315


Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host Escondido’s Surprising Connection to Balboa Park’s 1915 Panama-California Exposition, presented by Dr. Michael Kelly on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room.

Dr. Kelly will share his expertise on San Diego’s first major international fair which celebrated the building of the Panama Canal and recognized San Diego as a major port of call. He is widely recognized as President of the Committee of One Hundred, dedicated to preserving Balboa Park’s historic architecture, gardens and public spaces, and is editor of Balboa Park and the 1915 Exposition. Dr. Kelly will also reveal the surprisingly significant and historic role the City of Escondido played in the planning of the 1915 Exposition. Escondido city officials were instrumental in the Expo’s local success by encouraging County road development in preparation for the Exposition. City officials also collaborated with the Chamber of Commerce, Exposition organizers, and the Grape Day Association by featuring an “Escondido Day” at the 1915 Expo to help promote Escondido’s own Grape Day Festival.

The 1915 Panama-California Exposition was pivotal and historic for the greater San Diego area as the scenic parkland mesa location became “Balboa Park” and central buildings and gardens were created. Balboa Park quickly became the center of history, architecture, gardens, arts and culture for the City of San Diego. Escondido’s role in encouraging a north-south connection proved to be timely and forward thinking.

This program is sponsored by Escondido Public Library’s Pioneer Room Friends, a support group dedicated to preserving and promoting Escondido Public Library’s local history and genealogy archive. Escondido’s Surprising Connection to Balboa Park’s 1915 Panama-California Exposition is the program highlight of the group’s annual meeting and will appeal to all local history enthusiasts.

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, California 92025. For information on this program and the Pioneer Room, contact Librarian and Archivist, Helene Idels at 760-839-4315 For more information on Escondido Public Library programs and services, visit


Update on Lake Wohlford Road Closure


CONTACT: Bud Oliveira, 760-839-4665

Lake Wohlford Road between Lake Wohlford Court and Oakvale Road remains closed due to a rockslide last week.  The City of Escondido has contracted with Shaw Equipment Rentals to clean up and stabilize the slide area.  This work has begun and is anticipated to be completed by September 22.


Escondido Cool Zones

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The City of Escondido reminds the public that three City facilities have been designated as Cool Zone sites.  These sites are air-conditioned settings where seniors and others can gather. The sites encourage people to share air conditioning during the heat of the day, lowering individual usage and helping to conserve energy for the whole community.

Escondido’s Cool Zone Sites are:

  • Park Avenue Community Center, 210 Park Avenue (760-839-4688)
  • Escondido Public Library, 239 Kalmia Street (760-839-4684)
  • East Valley Community Center 2245 East Valley Parkway (760-839-4382)

Queen Califia's Magical Circle to Reopen


CONTACT: Kristina Owens, 760-839-4519

The City of Escondido has completed Phase I of its repairs of Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park and will reopen it to the public on Saturday, October 11, 2014.  Public Art Commissioners will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to answer questions.

Complete restoration of the exhibit is estimated to involve an additional 12 months. In the short term, the exhibit will be open for docent tours and for individual/group visits by appointment only.  To schedule a tour, please contact Kristina Owens, Associate Planner, at (760) 839-4519 at least two weeks prior to the requested tour date.

The Public Art Commission and City staff members currently are working on plans for the exhibit to be open to the public on set days and times during the week.   The Commission is seeking volunteers for positions as docents and as exhibit supervisors. If interested in volunteering, please contact Kristina Owens at 760-839-4519.


Queen Califia's Magical Circle is the only American sculpture garden and the last major international project created by 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 Saint Phalle's later work.




Contact: Bud Oliveira, 760-839-4665

Motorists are advised that Lake Wohlford  Road has been closed between Lake Wohlford Court to Oakvale Road due to a rockslide.  The road will be closed to all traffic including emergency vehicles.  No timeframe has been set for reopening.


2nd Tuesday Book Club to discuss Monstress by Lysley Tenorio


CONTACT: Neva Robinson, 760-839-4839


Escondido, CA -  Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. This month’s title is the 2014 One Book, One San Diego selection, Monstress by Lysley Tenorio.

Monstress is a luminous collection of heartbreaking, vivid, startling, and gloriously unique stories set amongst the Filipino-American communities of California and the Philippines.  Author Tenorio, a San Diego native, brilliantly explores the need to find connections, the melancholy of isolation, and the sometimes suffocating ties of family in tales that range from a California army base to a steamy movie house in Manila, to the dangerous false glitter of Hollywood.

This program is supported by KPBS and Escondido Public Library is pleased to be affiliated with this year’s One Book, One San Diego program. The Library has multiple copies of the book in its collection, available for check-out. Readers are encouraged to join in and participate in the 2nd Tuesday Book Club discussion.

In observance of Veterans Day, the 2nd Tuesday Book Club will not meet on November 11, 2014.  The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on December 9, 2014, with a discussion on the nonfiction title, Destiny of the Republic: a tale of madness, medicine and the murder of a president by Candice Millard.

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.


Public Hearing On Immigration Facility Continued until Oct. 22


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

At the request of the ACLU, the Public Hearing appealing the Planning Commission decision regarding the Immigration Facility scheduled for September 10, 2014 has been continued to October 22, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. The ACLU requested this continuance so that they may submit additional materials and provide the City with sufficient time to review them.



Assistant City Manager to Retire


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido Assistant City Manager Charles Grimm will retire after 24 years of service to Escondido.  His last day will be September 25, 2014.  A recruitment for this position will be held later this Fall.

Escondido City Manager Clay Phillips expressed appreciation for Mr. Grimm’s service, saying, “Charlie has been a key member of our City’s management team for over two decades and we have been fortunate to have benefitted from his expertise and leadership.  We wish him a long and happy retirement.”

Charlie was first hired in May 1990 as Director of Planning and Building for the City of Escondido. In 2005 he became Deputy City Manager and then was promoted in 2007 to Assistant City Manager. He provides direct supervision to the Director of Community Development, the Director of Public Works and the Director of Utilities.


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