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Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

In response to the 2010 California Office of Traffic Safety ranking of cities in which Escondido fared well in some categories, but poorly in others, City Manager Clay Phillips released the following statement, “Improving traffic safety is a high priority for Escondido.  We’ve made progress over the past five years and the actual number of incidents has significantly declined in several categories since 2005.”  Mr. Phillips further noted, “Our emphasis on DUI enforcement has been particularly effective, resulting in our consistently receiving some of the best scores possible.  However, we still aren’t where we would like to be in the overall rankings and we will continue to do all we can to improve traffic safety in Escondido.”

 The OTS Rankings were developed so that individual cities could compare their city’s traffic safety statistics to those of other cities with similar-sized populations. To view the OTS traffic safety rankings visit:



April Pools Day is this Saturday April 7


Contact: Nicole White
Phone: (760) 839-4204

Kick off National Drowning Prevention Month with Escondido Recreation on Saturday, April 7 with "April Pools Day.”  All ages are invited to attend this FREE community safety event from 9 AM – 12 PM at Washington Park Pool, located at 501 N Rose Street in Escondido. 

Participants will learn how to be safe in and around water through a variety of activities aimed at teaching water safety.  Events will include a FREE swim lesson, swim with a Navy Seal, and other lifesaving techniques.  Escondido Lifeguards and Fire Department will be on-site to demonstrate a real-time water rescue.  There will also be a safety fair, where participants can gather tons of helpful pool safety tips and beneficial information!

You will not want to miss "April Pools Day!"  The event will conclude with an in water egg hunt for the kids!  Don't be late, the event starts promptly at 9 AM and space is limited.  For more information contact 760-839-4204.

Towing Fees Report and City Manager's Statement


Contact: Joyce Masterson

Towing Fees Review

Statement from the City Manager 

In response to media inquiries about the Escondido Finance Department’s report on the Police Department’s Towing fees, Escondido City Manager Clay Phillips, issued the following statement:

“The report supports the belief that the Police Department was correct in the way they have been assessing the towing fees.  However, it does reveal that the fees should be reviewed on an annual basis and we will do so.”


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 first tour will be held on April 5, 2012 and will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the City Hall lobby. 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.


Update on Chemical Spill at Water Treatment Plant


CONTACT: Joyce Masaterson, 760-839-4621

 The cleanup of Monday’s chemical spill at the Escondido Water Treatment Plant continues and has been divided into two phases.  The first phase, which involved the removal of approximately 20,000 gallons of sodium hydroxide released into a containment area, as well as the removal of the remaining solution left in the failed tanks, has been completed. This work was performed by NRC Environmental Services. 

 The second phase involves the cleanup of the spill that traveled down an adjacent hillside by the Charros Horse Arena. Remediation has begun and includes the removal of dirt and plants done under the supervision of a certified biologist.  This remediation plan was developed collaboratively by the City of Escondido, County HazMat, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and NRC Environmental Services. The affected area has been cordoned off and signs posted advising people not to enter the area.

The cause of the spill appears to be a breach in the tank and a representative of the manufacturer has been invited to inspect the tank.





Chemical Spill at Water Treatment Plant


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Monday, March 26, a tank failure at the Escondido Water Treatment Plant caused the accidental release of 15,000 gallons of  a 20% solution of sodium hydroxide, also known as caustic soda.  The liquid traveled down a paved roadway and then onto a dirt area where it has been contained.  The spill did not affect the city’s drinking water supply in any way, nor were there were any injuries or any need for evacuation of the surrounding area.  The San Diego County HazMat Team is working with Escondido officials to develop a remediation plan for the affected area.


Nighttime Delays Expected Next Week On SR-78 at Nordahl Road


SAN  DIEGO – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) expects traffic  delays  next week as both directions of State Route 78 (SR-78) may be  closed  for five consecutive nights at the Nordahl Road Bridge starting Sunday,  March  25 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Motorists are urged to avoid the area.

Caltrans said the work is necessary to prepare for the future demolition of the  east side of the Nordahl Road Bridge. Traffic delays are also expected
on  Nordahl  Road  during  these closures. The nighttime work will generate more noise in the area.

Motorists  traveling  in this construction area will be detoured to exit at the Nordahl Road off-ramp then reenter SR-78 at the Nordahl Road on-ramp.

The  closures  may  be  rescheduled  if  weather  or construction materials availability plays a role.

For  more information on this project, call the Project Information Hotline at (858) 668-3368 or log-on to

Contact for media inquiries: Construction Information Officer Matt Norton Phone: (858) 668-3368

Media Advisory

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Michelle Geller (760) 839-4587

In response to recent media reports regarding city fees related to the towing of impounded vehicles, Escondido City Manager Clay Phillips issued the following statement today saying, “The City made every effort to ensure the towing fees we established reflect our costs.  However, to address questions raised by the media, I have asked the Finance Department to conduct a review of our towing fees. I expect I will have that review by March 29th.”


Traffic Advisory for Nordahl Bridge


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Motorists are advised that traffic will be shifted to the west side of the bridge to prepare

for the demolition of the east side of the bridge. This shift is scheduled to be in place the

morning of Tuesday, March 13.


The lanes on the bridge will be stripped to reflect this traffic shift to allow two lanes in

each direction and one left-hand turning lane. Please use caution driving through the

area and be aware that:

 - the bridge’s lanes will be narrower

- one of the two left turn pockets from the bridge to SR 78 will be temporarily removed

- one of the two left turn lanes from northbound Nordahl Road to the shopping center at

  Montiel Road will be temporarily removed

- all of the bridge’s on and off ramps will be reduced to one lane


In addition to this traffic shift, pedestrians and bicyclists will have access on a temporary pedestrian bridge and will not travel on the existing Nordahl Bridge.

 For construction updates, questions and road closure information, log-on to or call the Interstate 15 Project Information Hotline at (866) 890-1397.



Construction Update:Maple Street Pedestrian Plaza


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Maple Street between Valley Parkway and Grand Avenue will be closed to all traffic, except the bank parking lot, starting Tuesday, March 13, 2012 until the completion of the project in July.


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