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North County Times Article Refers to Wrong Property

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

In the May 9, 2012 edition of the North County Times an article entitled “Escondido: New project proposed for long-vacant East Valley site” refers to the wrong property.  The site that is the subject of today’s City Council closed session discussion is the property at 620 N. Ash Street, which is at the northeast corner of Washington and Ash, rather than the south east corner which previously housed an old Quonset hut.

 This item is being discussed in closed session as allowed by the Brown Act since it pertains to a potential real estate transaction.

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Reserves Incorrectly Reported by Union Tribune

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

In the April 29, 2012 edition of the San Diego Union Tribune’s Watchdog  report entitled, “Certain government reserve funds overflow,” Escondido was depicted as having only $1,113,151 in general fund reserves, or approximately 2% of expenses in reserve.   That information is wrong. The correct amount is $19,295,333 in the Emergency Reserve and  $9,059,255 in the Economic development reserve, for a total of $28,354,588.

Information about Escondido’s reserves can be found on page 85 of the City of Escondido Comprehensive Annual Financial Report at http://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/PDFs/Finance/CAFR2011.pdf

 

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Escondido Proposes Balanced Budget

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621 

At the direction of Mayor Abed and the City Council, Escondido City Manager Clay Phillips will unveil a proposed $75.4 million general fund budget for next fiscal year which, for the second year in a row, does not rely upon the use of reserves.  The proposed budget will be discussed at the April 25th City Council meeting. Information about the budget is available at http://www.escondido.org/meeting-agendas.aspx

Mayor Sam Abed was enthusiastic about the proposed budget saying, “This budget puts us well on our way to sustainable, long-term financial health, as well as allowing us to restore some of the pay our employees lost over the past few years.”

City Manager Clay Phillips also was cautiously optimistic about the proposed budget, noting, “Economic recovery is coming to Escondido, with our sales tax revenues continuing to increase modestly, but revenue is still approximately $14 million less than it was in 2007-2008.”  

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Town Hall Meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido Mayor Sam Abed will hold a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway.  The purpose of the meeting is to address any questions or concerns citizens may have on any topic relating to local government. The event is free and no reservations are required.

 This is the third town hall meeting Mayor Abed has held since his election as Mayor.

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Night Time Work at Valley Pkwy & Maple

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Over the next several weeks construction on the Maple Street Pedestrian Plaza will take place at night in order to minimize daytime traffic congestion on Valley Parkway between Broadway and Escondido Boulevard.  As a result the following lane closures will occur:

  • Starting Sunday night, 4.22.12 through 4.27.12, from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., west bound Valley Parkway from Broadway to Maple will have two lanes on the north side of the street closed.  One lane on the south side will remain open. 
  • The following Monday, 4.30.12 to 5.4.12, from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., west bound Valley from Broadway to Maple will have two lanes on the south side closed and one lane on the north side will remain open.

 In order to accommodate Crusin’ Grand, work on Friday nights will not start until 9:00 p.m.

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Charter City Public Hearing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The Escondido City Council will hold the first of two Public Hearings on the proposed Charter City ballot measure on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at the 4:30 p.m. City Council meeting. A copy of the draft charter may be found on the City’s website at http://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/PDFs/CC_Proposal.PDF

The Escondido City Council currently plans to place a charter city proposal on the November 2012 ballot to change the governing system from a general law city to a charter city.  In California, there are two kinds of cities: charter cities and general law cities. Of the 477 cities in the state, 105 are chartered. Both kinds of cities have broad powers and enjoy considerable freedom in the form of government, which may be established, and the types of activities in which they may engage.

A general law city operates within the parameters of California municipal law. The advantage of a general law city is that general state laws have been subjected to judicial scrutiny and tested over the years, so there is relatively little confusion about their application. A charter city is defined by the city's own charter  rather than by state, regional or national laws. An advantage of a charter city is that its powers are not restricted to only those outlined in the general state municipal law, so a city can tailor its organization to provide for unique local conditions and needs.

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OTS Traffic Safety Rankings

 

OTS TRAFFIC SAFETY RANKINGS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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: http://www.ots.ca.gov/Media_and_Research/Rankings/default.asp

 

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April Pools Day is this Saturday April 7

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.”

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Free Public Tours of City Hall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.

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