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Portion of Escondido Bike Path To Close Temporarily

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Construction on a new bike path/pedestrian walkway under Ash Street (SR 78) at Escondido Creek will begin next week. During construction, the current bike path along the channel will be closed.  Beginning Monday, September 26, 2011, the western path from Ash to Beech will close and the eastern path from Ash to Harding, will close on Tuesday, September 27, 2011.  The bike path is anticipated to reopen around January 1, 2012. Detours signs will be placed to direct the pedestrians around the construction.   

The project is funded by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)  and is anticipated to cost $2,045,183. The contractor for the project is Southland Paving.

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CHARTER CITY WORKSHOP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Marsha Whalen, 760-839-4560

The Escondido City Council is considering putting a charter city proposal to the voters in 2012 to change the governing system from a general law city to a charter city.  A special workshop will be held on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. in the Mitchell Room at City Hall to discuss this idea and to receive input from the public.

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 document 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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Power Restored But Conservation Still Needed

For Immediate Release

Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

SDG&E has been able to restore power to nearly all 1.4 million of their customers.  However, they still need the public's help in conserving power as the power system will be fragile today.  A few conservation tips to remember:

Set your air conditioner to 78 or higher, if your safety permits

Use fans rather than you're A/C between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., if safety permits

Turn off the air conditioner when leaving the house

Draw blinds and drapes to keep the sun out during the warmer parts of the day

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Update on Power Failure (Sept. 8, 8:57 p.m.)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Joyce Masterson, 760-839-5025

San Diego Gas and Electric anticipates that power will begin to be restored in phases throughout the County later tonight, with most areas being restored throughout the day on Friday, September 9. Escondido public elementary schools and high schools will be closed on Friday, September 9.  

Temperatures in Escondido are still expected to be hot on Friday. A “cool zone” for older adults and disabled persons with health problems that could be complicated by hot weather has been designated at the Community Room of the Police and Fire Headquarters, 1163 N. Centre City Parkway.  It will be open Friday between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

City officials report that all backup generators at city facilities, including the water and wastewater plants, are functioning without any problems.

Escondido residents are advised to stay at home, if at all possible.  If you must go out, motorists are advised to treat any non-working traffic signals as a four-way stop.   Please do not call,  9-1-1 unless you have a life-threatening emergency.  

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT COUNTYWIDE POWER FAILURE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Joyce Masterson, 760-839-5025

COUNTYWIDE POWER FAILURE STILL IN EFFECT

San Diego Gas and Electric is not yet able to ascertain when power will be restored in the region.  Escondido residents are advised to stay at home, if at all possible.  If you must go out, motorists are advised to treat any non-working traffic signals as a four-way stop.   Please do not call      9-1-1 unless you have a life-threatening emergency.   Please be extremely cautious if using candles this evening to light your home, and never leave any candles unattended.

More information will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

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Community Meeting to Discuss Escondido Creek Trail Master Plan

For Immediate Release

Contact: Dan Hippert (760) 839-6328

On Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the City of Escondido will host the second in a series of community meetings to receive public feedback regarding the development of a master plan for the Escondido Creek Trail.  The meeting will take place in the Mitchell Room at Escondido City Hall located at 201 North Broadway.

The City of Escondido received a Healthy Communities Planning Grant to develop a master plan for the Escondido Creek Trail from SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments) as part of Healthy WorksSM, a countywide initiative making systems and environmental changes promoting wellness and addressing the nationwide obesity epidemic.  Healthy WorksSM, administered by the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, is funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the County of San Diego.

The goal of the master plan is to revitalize the trail so it becomes a safe, attractive destination, fostering healthy lifestyles by providing opportunities for physical fitness activities, commuting alternatives and increased access to healthy food.

The master plan will focus on a segment of trail approximately six miles long from the Escondido Transit Center to the Daley Ranch conservation area and could include amenities such as new trail connections and pedestrian bridges, safer street crossings, better signage, community gardens, and improved landscaping.  The plan will build on the goals set forth in the “Revealing Escondido Creek” vision plan completed in April 2011. The vision plan is available at the Escondido Public Library and online at:

http://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/Neighborhood/RevealingEscondidoCreek.pdf 
 
All community members are invited to participate in this important brainstorming session.  For more information contact Dan Hippert, Program Administrator at (760) 839-6328 or dhippert@escondido.org .

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Jo Ann Greenberg Named as Acting City Librarian

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

City Manager Clay Phillips and Community Services Director Jerry VanLeeuwen, announced the appointment of Jo Ann Greenberg as the Acting City Librarian for the City of Escondido.  Ms. Greenberg replaces Ms. Laura Mitchell who retired on August 31, 2011 after 22 years with the City of Escondido.

 Jo Ann has worked for the Escondido Public Library for 33 years, beginning as a Library Clerk and serving most recently as Deputy City Librarian. Jo Ann has a Master’s in Library Science from San Jose State University. She also has a Master of Science in Education from National University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rhode Island. She is a member of the California Library Association and the American Library Association.

 Due to Escondido’s budget constraints, a search for a permanent replacement for the City Librarian position has been put on hold.

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Volunteers Needed for City of Escondido 9/11 10th Anniversary Event

Volunteers are needed to participate in a reading of the names of the 9/11 victims which will take place beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 11 at the Train Depot in Grape Day Park.  Those interested can contact Michelle Geller at mgeller@escondido.org or call (760) 839-4587 or RSVP via the City of Escondido’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CityofEscondido#!/event.php?eid=264068276951601

The City of Escondido has partnered with the California Center for the Arts, Escondido to organize this free, open to the public event in observance of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.  The reading of the names will be followed by a free performance of the Navy Band Southwest in the Center Concert Hall.  Free concert tickets are available on a first come, first served basis by calling the Center for the Arts box office at (800) 988-4253. 

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Sewage Spill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido city officials report that on Sunday afternoon, August 28, 2011, between 5:22 p.m. and 5:47 p.m., an electrical failure at the Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility resulted in a spill of 250,000 gallons of sewage into Escondido Creek.  An Uninterruptible Power Supply System (UPS) failed, which controlled a computer system for the influent pump station. This, in turn, prevented alarms from being sent that would have alerted the plant operator about the spill.

The sewage flowed into Escondido Creek, which flows in to the San Elijo Lagoon. Escondido city personnel will be monitoring the creek for a period of time, testing for bacterial levels. Warning signs were posted by Escondido city crews and will remain in place until testing shows that the water is safe for recreational use.

Officials at the Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility have begun implementing additional safe guards to prevent a similar spill from occurring in the future.  This includes installing advance notification systems in some manholes at the plant, as well as redesign of the UPS wiring.

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9/11 10th Anniversary Event Featuring Free Navy Band Concert at the Arts Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, (760) 839-4621

The City of Escondido has partnered with the California Center for the Arts, Escondido to organize a free, open to the public event on Sunday, September 11, 2011 in observance of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. 

At 5 p.m., family-friendly, patriotic activities will take place in the Center for the Arts Lyric Court, followed by a 6 p.m. performance of the 45-piece Navy Band Southwest in the Center’s Concert Hall.  The concert will be preceded by a special ceremony featuring Escondido Police and Fire personnel.  Leading up to these events, there will be a reading of the names of those who died on 9/11 at the Train Depot in Grape Day Park from 1 – 5 p.m.

Free concert tickets are available on a first come, first served basis by calling the Center for the Arts box office at (800) 988-4253.  The event is generously sponsored by Dr. David Tagge and Dr. Brad Bourcy.

The City will also participate in the National Moment of Remembrance, established by unanimous U.S. Senate resolution, to memorialize the 9/11 attacks.  At 10 a.m. on September 11, fire, police, churches and businesses are encouraged to ring bells or sirens for one full minute as we cease all regular activity and “stop and remember.”

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