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Park Avenue Saturday Night Dance In Escondido


Contact: Mary Rodelo, 760-839-4678

Slip into your dancing shoes and come on down to the Park Avenue Community Center for a fun night of live music, dancing, refreshments, and door prizes.  Join us on Saturday March 2nd for this special dance event featuring the live music of The Calico Ridge Band.  This highly acclaimed band which includes Charly & Calico Ridge, is an award winning variety dance band that plays a mix of Rock, Pop, Swing, Oldies, Disco, R&B, Blues, Latin, Country and original music. This band is great for swing, line dancing, two step, cha-cha, and much more. 

Singles and couples are invited to these exciting monthly Saturday Night Dances. Entry fee is only $4 per person which includes live music, refreshments, and door prizes. The City of Escondido’s Park Avenue Community Center is located at 210 Park Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025.  These dances are always held on the first Saturday of each month from 7 p.m. -  9 p.m.

For questions or additional information, please call 760-839-4688.


Amgen Tour of California Route Announced

The City of Escondido, host of the overall start of the Amgen Tour of California cycling stage race on May 12, announced the specific route of Stage 1 of the race this morning. Stage 1 of the eight-day professional cycling race should prove to be one of the most challenging starts since the race began in 2006.

The announcement took place at Bike Bling, an independently owned bike shop and local race sponsor, located at 333 E. Grand Avenue in Downtown Escondido. Local officials and race sponsors were in attendance. Route information, including a new video produced by the Tour, is online at . For more information contact Michelle Geller at (760) 839-4587.

Annual State of the City Address


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Mayor Sam Abed will hold Escondido’s Annual State of the City Address at a morning meeting co-sponsored by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce.  The event will be held in the Conference Center of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 beginning with an optional breakfast at 7:45 a.m. followed by the program at 8:30 a.m.  Financial expert, George Chamberlin will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.

The breakfast is available for $15 per person. To make your reservation for breakfast, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 760-839-4631 or or make your reservation online at 

The deadline to reserve breakfast is 5:00 p.m. February 11, 2013.  For information on sponsorships, please contact the Escondido Chamber of Commerce, 760-745-2125.



Economic Development Director Appointed


Contact: Clay Phillips, 760-839-4631

Escondido City Manager Clay Phillips announced today the promotion of long-time city employee Joyce Masterson to the newly created position of Director of Economic Development and Community Relations.

Ms. Masterson has been employed by the City of Escondido for twenty-five years and currently serves as the Assistant to the City Manager, a position she has held for ten years.  For the past two years, she has played a prominent role in the City’s Economic Development efforts including overseeing the creation of the Economic Development Master Plan and Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), as well as the City Council’s Action Plan.  Prior to that, she served as the Project Manager for the Public Safety Facilities Project, overseeing the construction of 4 new fire stations and the joint Police and Fire Headquarters funded by the $84.3 million Proposition P Bond Measure.

Ms. Masterson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brooklyn College.  She is a member of the California Association for Local Economic Development and the California Association of Public Information Officials.

In making the announcement City Manager Clay Phillips noted, “Economic Development is a high priority for Escondido and this new position completes the structural changes we needed to ensure the appropriate visibility and leadership for our economic development efforts.  Joyce has a proven track record and a full awareness of the issues facing the community’s economic development efforts.”

Ms. Masterson’s salary will be $122,612.



City Hall to Be Open Monday Through Friday Again


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Beginning Tuesday, January 22, 2013 Escondido City Hall operating hours will be restored to full time and will be open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

In making this announcement, Mayor Sam Abed said, “We are very pleased to provide full time city services to the general public.  The additional cost of the full schedule will be covered under the balanced budget policy approved by the City Council in 2011.  With the improved economic activities in Escondido, it is important that we provide the residents, businesses and visitors with the highest level of service they expect from our city.

Escondido City Hall has been closed every Friday since January 2009 as a cost savings measure resulting from the recession. Prior to that, City Hall was closed on every other Friday since 1993 when a 9/80 work schedule was implemented. 


Daley Ranch is Accepting Applications for Upcoming Naturalist Training


Contact: Sue Evarts, 760-839-4241 or 760-839-4018

The Daley Ranch Volunteer Association is now accepting applications for coveted positions as Volunteer Naturalists.  Training classes for Naturalists will begin on Saturday, January 12 and continue through February 23, 2013.  Trainees will learn about the cultural and natural history of this area in these Saturday morning classes.  Courses include botany, reptiles, birds, mammals, Native American studies, and geology as well as training in Basic First Aid and CPR.  Upon completion, volunteers will lead visitors on tours of the Daley Ranch trails and talk about what can be seen from the peaks, valleys, and scenic overlooks.  No prior training or experience is required.

To join this team of well-trained Naturalists, pick up an application at the Dixon Lake Ranger Station, download one from the Escondido website (, or call the Volunteer Office at 760-839-4241 and leave your name and address to have an application mailed.

The Daley Ranch has over 22 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails and is open daily from dawn to dusk.  The hills and valleys of the area were once frequented by the Luiseño, Kumeyaay, and other local bands of Native Americans.  Their presence may be found in many areas of the Ranch.  A beautiful redwood house, built in 1925 and located in the middle of the meadow, is being renovated and will be open to the public in the near future.  In 1869, Robert Daley first settled in the area, building a log cabin and eventually laying claim to over 1600 acres.  Further acquisitions gave the Ranch the 3,058 acres enjoyed today as a mitigation bank preserve, operated by the City of Escondido. 

Visit the Daley Ranch website at and go to Daley Ranch to learn more about this unique, historic area located in the north eastern section of the City of Escondido. 


Escondido R.O.C.K.S.! Logo Contest


Contact: Danielle Lopez, 760-839-4517

The City of Escondido is holding a contest to create a logo for its Escondido R.O.C.K.S! (Recreational  Opportunities for City Kids) initiative which is designed to enhance the quality of life for youth in Escondido, ages 8 to 18, by encouraging them to participate in positive community activities.  This contest is open to all high school students in Escondido. The designer of the logo that best represents Escondido R.O.C.K.S!, will be awarded $250.

Entries must be submitted by email to by January 16, 2013. Please include your name, school, grade, and contact information with your submission.   The logo design must contain Escondido R.O.C.K.S! and must be submitted as a scalable vector graphic in EPS format, and/or as a JPEG. The logo will be used online, in print, on marketing materials and other public media. Flexibility is a key requirement, including the ability to resize easily and look good in black and white as well as color. The final version of the logo will need to be suitable for high quality printing.  For a complete list of the official contest rules, please contact Danielle Lopez at The winner will be announced on January 22, 2013. All entries will be displayed at two community events in April: the Escondido R.O.C.K.S! SMART Festival on April 13th and Dia Del Nino on April 27th.

The mission of Escondido R.O.C.K.S!  is to celebrate and promote healthy youth development through community collaborations and to increase youth participation in extracurricular activities. Through our efforts, relationships between service providers will be strengthened and the resources of the partners will be maximized.


Free Public Tours of City Hall


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Free guided tours of Escondido City Hall are now being offered on a quarterly basis on the first Thursday of January, April, July, and October. The next tour will be held on January  3, 2013 and will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the City Hall lobby, 201 N. Broadway. The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes. No reservations are required.

Tours for school groups may be arranged by contacting the Community Services Department at 760-839-4691.

Completed in 1988, Escondido City Hall was the first phase of the Escondido Civic Center. The building was awarded the prestigious Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence in 1989. City Hall represents innovative, functional, state-of-the-art, cost-effective solutions to many specific City needs. City Hall was designed with an anticipation of the future, as well as an appreciation of the past, and is a superb example of how architecture can reflect the heart of the community and inspire civic pride.


Escondido Secures First Sponsor of AMGEN Tour of California


CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, 760-8394621

Escondido, Calif. (Dec. 19, 2012)—Escondido city officials announced today they have received a pledge of $50,000 from David and Rebecca Vigil to support local initiatives surrounding the AMGEN Tour of California, considered America’s largest and most prestigious professional road cycling stage race. The City of Escondido, which was selected as the official start location for the 2013 event, will host Stage 1 of the race on Sunday, May 12, 2013.

Mr. Vigil, a 1979 graduate of Escondido High and a Sr. Vice-President at Qualcomm, is a longtime cycling enthusiast and has logged many miles on the same roads AMGEN Tour pros will race. He and his wife Rebecca, a 1978 graduate of San Pasqual High, were major supporters of Escondido’s final stage of the 2009 AMGEN Tour of California. 

In making the announcement, Joyce Masterson, Assistant to the City Manager, said, “We are delighted that Dave and Rebecca Vigil are the first to step up in such dramatic support of the race and we hope they will motivate other community-minded individuals and businesses to recognize the benefits of being a sponsor and supporting this event within the community.”

“I am excited that the roads North County cyclists have known about and been passionately riding for years are going to take center stage at the start of the 2012 AMGEN Tour,” said donor David Vigil. “Cycling can be enjoyed at any age, and I’m proud to support an event that will expose the community to the sport in such a significant way.”

Escondido officials have committed to providing certain city services and race expenses at an estimated cost of approximately $475,000.  Sponsorship packages at a variety of levels are being offered as a way to offset those costs.. Information about sponsorships is available on the city’s website at:   Additional information about the race or volunteer opportunities is available at 





"Walk 27" in Memory of the Sandy Hook School Victims


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Across the country and around the world, people will be walking for 27 minutes on Friday morning, one minute to honor the memory of each victim of last Friday’s tragic shooting in Newtown, CT. The walk is scheduled begin at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time and all walks will start simultaneously.

A local Walk 27 Escondido open to anyone who wishes to participatewill begin at precisely 6:30 a.m. on Friday, December 21, 2012 in front of Escondido City Hall.  From there, the walk will proceed north along Broadway, then west on Woodward, south on Escondido Blvd, east on Valley Parkway, north at Broadway to once again pass City Hall, and end within Grape Day Park.  Each victim’s name will be read along the way, each followed by one minute of silence.

Participants are asked to wear green and white, Sandy Hook’s school colors. 



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