City of Escondido


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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.


Water Main Break Repairs Completed


For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido City crews have completed their repairs on the water main break that occurred earlier this week in the vicinity of El Norte Parkway and Valley Parkway.  All lanes of those roads are once again open.



Escondido Public Library Hosts Super Smash Bros. Tournaments for Teens

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 
Cathy Janovitz, 760-839-4283

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library will host a series of three monthly Super Smash Bros. Tournaments for Teens, ages 13 – 18 years.

  • Saturday, October 4, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    (Register September 19, 2014  – October 3, 2014)
  • Saturday, November 1, 2014, from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    (Register October 17  October 31, 2014)
  • Saturday, December 6, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    (Register November 21, 2014 – December 5, 2014)

The tournaments will take place in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Participation is free but space may be limited and requires confirmed pre-registration for each event. Registration for each event begins two weeks prior to each tournament and ends the day before the tournament. To register, call 760-839-4283. Contestants are required to bring their own controller.

Each event includes both single and team competitions. The tournaments are double elimination with each match-up following a best two-out-of-three victory to advance to the next round. Extra stations will be provided so those eliminated early in the tournament can continue to play. The grand finals will be accompanied by live gameplay commentary.

Cathy Janovitz, Teen Librarian, commented, “We are especially fortunate to have Christian Martinez, a local Super Smash Bros. player and enthusiast, lend his expertise to conduct the tournaments. The tournaments bring teens together to promote interaction, healthy competition and they also provide an opportunity to showcase Library services available for this age group.”

Library programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library and are free and open to the public. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For information about the Super Smash Bros. Tournament for Teens, contact Teen Librarian Cathy Janovitz at 760-839-4283 or Additional information about Escondido Public Library programs and services can be found at,


Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library

CONTACT: Paul Crouthamel, 760-839-4814           

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, September 27, 2014, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Don Quijote de la Mancha/Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes, is the selected book for September.

Widely regarded as one of the funniest and most tragic books ever written, Don Quixote de la Mancha chronicles the adventures of the self-created knight-errant, Don Quixote of La Mancha, and his faithful Squire, Sancho Panza, as they travel through sixteenth-century Spain.  Don Quixote believes only what he chooses to believe and sees the world very differently from most people.  Honest, dignified, proud, and idealistic, he wants to save the world.  As intelligent as he is mad, Don Quixote starts out as an absurd and isolated figure and ends up as a pitiable and lovable old man whose strength and wisdom have failed him. In the end, beaten and battered, he dies from a fever, and with his death, knights-errant become extinct instigating the demise of chivalry. 

Long-time participant, Araceli Capilla, commented, “I’m a regular attendee at  Rincón Literario and I really enjoy it. I have been able to experience works of great writers from many different backgrounds, such as Markus Zusak, Maria Duenas, and Stephen King.   It is exciting to discover new writers, new perspectives, and new cultures, and share them with other book club members.”

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. On October, 25, 2014, readers will discuss the classic, El angel perdido /Lost Angel  by Javier Sierra.

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 other Library programs, visit or call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.


Update on Water Main Break and Traffic Advisory

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621


Motorists are advised to avoid the area of El Norte Parkway and Valley Parkway while Escondido City crews are still working to repair a water main break that occurred there on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. El Norte Parkway and Valley Parkway will remain reduced to one lane in each direction until repairs are completed which likely will be mid-day Thursday, September 4, 2014.


The Escondido Fire Department has unlocked the fire gates at Hidden Trails to help relieve traffic congestion for residents living there. They will be closed again once repairs are completed.


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