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Escondido and ACLU Reach Agreement on Checkpoint Protests


CONTACT: Lt. Tom Albergo, 760-839-4901

Escondido City Manager Clay Phillips announced today that an agreement has been reached with the ACLU regarding the public’s expression of their First Amendment Rights to object or support daytime and nighttime checkpoints. Under the agreement the operational area of daytime checkpoints will not include any portion of a public sidewalk normally accessible to pedestrians, unless the checkpoint is conducted in a location where it is necessary to close a portion of sidewalk to create a distance of 15 feet between the public and the officers conducting the screening.  Night time checkpoints that require additional equipment, such as generators, and lights may involve the closure of sidewalks as part of the operational area. 

Commenting on the announcement, Acting Police Chief Cory Moles stated, “This agreement allows the Escondido Police Department  to continue with our traffic checkpoints to ensure community safety, while also protecting the First Amendment Rights of our citizens.”

The agreement allows the Escondido Police Department (EPD) to continue controlling and closing areas normally open to the public in the event of a police investigation, pursuit, or other emergency or exigent circumstances that occur during the course of a traffic checkpoint.  The agreement also allows EPD to continue having the ability to conduct traffic safety checkpoints, both during the day and at night.  Nothing in the agreement prohibits any police officer from making a lawful and constitutional stop or arrest.  The agreement further states that if EPD allows members of the press to enter an operational area the individual plaintiffs must be provided equivalent access for a tour, but such access is limited to one time per location and will not exceed 15 minutes per tour.  The City has agreed to reimburse ACLU attorney fees of $7,300.

On May 24, 2012, the City of Escondido was served with a complaint filed in Federal District Court by lawyers for the ACLU, which alleged that on three separate occasions the Escondido police officers and California Highway Patrol officers infringed upon Plaintiffs’ First Amendment Rights to free speech by prohibiting protesting activities at checkpoints conducted in the City of Escondido.  The Plaintiffs sought monetary damages as well as an injunction prohibiting the City and CHP from further infringing upon their rights to free speech. 


Backyard Citrus Threatened by Devastating Disease


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

In March 2012, Huanglongbing (HLB), a plant disease considered a death sentence for California citrus, was discovered in Los Angeles, putting homeowners on high alert. While not harmful to humans or pets, once a citrus tree is infected with HLB, there is no cure and it will die. The disease can be spread by a pest called the Asian citrus psyllid, and the pest has been found near the city of Escondido. The best way to protect citrus trees from the disease is to control the psyllid population. Help protect your backyard citrus trees by:

  • Inspecting citrus trees for signs of the pest and disease each month or whenever watering, spraying, pruning or tending trees.
  • Calling the California Department of Food & Agriculture hotline at 1-800-491-1899 if any suspicious pests or symptoms of HLB are found. 
  • Not bringing any plant material into California from other states or countries and not moving citrus plants out of quarantined areas, because they might be carrying psyllids or be infected with HLB.
  • Only buying citrus trees from reputable, licensed California nurseries.
  • Drying or double bagging plant clippings before placing in green waste recycle bins to avoid moving psyllids and HLB-infected plant material.
  • Cooperating with agriculture officials on detection and suppression efforts of the Asian citrus psyllid and HLB.

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Escondido Community Wellness Expo Saturday October 20

All are invited to attend the Escondido Community Wellness Expo. This fun event will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to Noon at the Park Avenue Community Center, home of Escondido Senior Center located at 210 Park Avenue, Escondido. This free community event, coordinated by the Community Wellness Association, will provide valuable health/wellness information and resources to older adults and their families. Participants can come and enjoy this event which brings together over 40 exhibitors, free health screenings, gift basket drawings and continental breakfast. Parking is easy and convenient. For more information please call Escondido Senior Center at (760) 839-4688.

Fire Department Recruiting Senior Volunteers Age 55+

The Escondido Fire Dept. is seeking qualified men and women, 55 years of age and older, for the Fire Department Senior Volunteer Program. Uniformed volunteers provide incident support and assist in daily operational duties.

This volunteer program is ideal for retired individuals interested in joining a hardworking team that shares a commitment to providing top-quality service to the Escondido community. Candidates must possess a valid California Drivers’ License and pass a DMV and Live Scan (fingerprint) background check.

Interested individuals are invited to attend a three hour orientation on November 19 beginning at 9 a.m. in the first floor meeting room at the Escondido Police and Fire Headquarters located at 1163 North Centre City Parkway. Applications will be available at the orientation, and online at Application deadline is November 19.

For more information call Fire Administration at (760) 839-5400.


Voter Registration Deadline Approaching


Contact: Diane Halverson, 760-839-4617

Escondido City Clerk Diane Halverson reminds residents that Monday, October 22 is the last day to register to vote in the General Election to be held November 6, 2012.

City Hall will remain open until midnight on Monday, October 22 to accept voter registration cards.  During regular business hours, you may register at the City Clerk’s Office.  Between 5:30 p.m. and midnight, we will be registering voters in the City Council Chambers foyer at City Hall, 201 North Broadway.

If you have moved, changed your name (due to marriage or court order), or wish to change your party affiliation since the last election, you must re-register no later than midnight, Monday, October 22.

 If you have any questions concerning voter registration, please contact the Registrar of Voters Office at 858-565-5800, or the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 201 North Broadway, Escondido, 760-839-4617.



Nighttime Street Paving of Grand Avenue


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Beginning Monday, October 15 through Thursday, October 18, 2012, eastbound and westbound Grand Avenue from Maple Street to Centre City Parkway will be closed from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. for street repaving.  The street will be open during the daytime hours.

The work will be performed by George Weir Asphalt and is being done at night to minimize the impact on the surrounding business area.


Free Public Tours of City Hall and Police & Fire Headquarters


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 October 4, 2012 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 of the Police and Fire Headquarters, 1163 N. Centre City Parkway, are available by appointment. Please contact Community Service Officer Roberta Akans at 760-839-4961 or

School groups wishing to tour City Hall may arrange to do so by contacting the Community Services Department at 760-839-4691.



Traffic Advisory for Sheridan Avenue


Contact: Neil Greenwood, 760-839-4078

Motorists are advised that Sheridan Avenue, between Conway and Esperanza Streets, will be closed effective September 19, 2012 through October 15, 2012 due to a water line replacement project.

Persons with questions or comments, may contact the Utilities Division at 760-839-4078.


Traffic Safety Checkpoints to Continue


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

In response to unfounded and untrue public comments about Escondido’s traffic safety checkpoints, Escondido Mayor Sam Abed issued the following statement:

 “Let me assure you that Police Department programs and policies, including checkpoints, will not only continue to be maintained, but they will be strengthened. They are City Council policies that are carried out by our City Manager through the Police Department.”

The Police Chief was placed on paid administrative leave to protect the integrity of a personnel review process and is unrelated to the Police Department’s established policies.


Town Hall Meeting


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido Mayor Sam Abed will hold a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway. Residents are 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 fourth town hall meeting Mayor Abed has held since his election as Mayor.



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