City of Escondido

 

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Escondido Receives Award for Auto Park Way Improvements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Robert Zaino, 760-839-4001

The San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Public Works Association has honored the City of Escondido with its “Project of the Year” Award for construction improvements to Auto Park Way from County Club Drive to Citracado Parkway.

The award was presented at the May 13, 2011, monthly chapter meeting. The San Diego Imperial Counties Chapter annually recognizes outstanding individuals, and projects who have demonstrated discipline, vision, and passion, and the outstanding projects that service the public and make a difference in our quality of life.

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City of Escondido Summer Sports Camp

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Evan Perkins, 760-802-0377

Come check out Escondido Recreation's new Youth Sports Camp program this summer. Campers will learn the fundamentals/skills of different sports, and the importance of teamwork, respect, and communication in a stress-free environment to ensure success both on and off the field.

The Sport Camps we will be offering are Football, Basketball, Soccer, and an All Sports Camp for children ages 7-12 years old. Camp Days/Hours will be Monday-Thursday from 9:00-12:00 noon. The camps will be located at Washington Park, 501 North Rose Street. Camp Fees will be $40 per child per week, with an optional $20 On Track Add-on per child for On Track Kid's Adventure Camp. Registration is open now through 5:00 pm on Monday one week prior to the first day of your child's camp.

Scholarships are available through the Share a Dream Scholarship Program for Escondido youth (ages 17 & under) from low- and moderate-income families, so they can participate in Escondido Recreation's classes, camps, sports activities, and more at a reduced fee. For more information/application packets, go to recreation.escondido.org or call 760-839-4691.

 

New On-line Option for Water Bill Payment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Gil Rojas, 760-839-4322

In response to customer feedback, the City of Escondido is pleased to announce that it has implemented a new on-line bill payment option for City water customers. Customers can save time and money with this option by no longer having to travel to City Hall to pay their bill or by saving a stamp. All customers with access to a computer will be able to pay their bill through the new secure on-line system using a credit card. There is no additional fee for this option and customers are able to pay with Visa and MasterCard or with debit cards with a Visa or MasterCard logo.

City water customers can access the on-line payment option by visiting the City of Escondido’s official website at www.escondido.org and clicking the link that can be found on the City’s homepage or in the Utility Billing section. Customers will need their 10 digit account number and their assigned pin which can be found on their bill.

The on-line payment option can be accessed Monday through Friday from 3am to 11pm and all day Saturday and Sunday. The system will be down for maintenance on Wednesdays from 6:00 am to 6:15 am. Payments made before 4:00 pm on a business day will post the same day and payments made after 4:00 pm will be posted the next business day. Business days are Monday through Thursday with the exception of legal holidays.

Customers still have the option to pay by mail, pay in person, and use the auto pay service. If you have questions about paying your water bill, please contact one of our friendly customer service representatives in the Utility Billing Department at 760-839-4682.

Escondido Download Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The City of Escondido is hosting a Download Day event to introduce citizens to their new smartphone app, “Escondido, Report It!”. The app provides an additional way for citizens to report graffiti and potholes.  Interested citizens are invited to attend the event which will take place at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway  in Training Room 1 on May 4, 2011 from 3:00 - 3:45 p.m. Seating is limited,  so please contact the City Manager’s Office at 760-839-4631 by May 3  to reserve a space.

The Download Day event will allow the City to demonstrate the new app and its benefits to the citizens and the city. The vendor of the app, CitySourced, will be leading the demonstration and will help citizens learn to download and use the app. The demonstration will include a walk-through of the app with real case data. The free, easy to use app is currently available for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry users. The app will be available for Windows Phone 7 in the future. More information about the app and questions about the app can be addressed at the CitySourced website at: http://www.citysourced.com/neighborhood/2386/us/california/san-diego-county/city-of-escondido or by calling CitySourced at 818-305-6052.

The app provides an efficient way for citizens to report issues to the City. The app currently allows citizens to report potholes and graffiti and will allow the reporting of other issues in the future. Reports from the app go to the City’s Public Works Department who incorporates the reports into their work order system where the issues will get addressed. These reports include a location on a map which makes it easier for the City to locate the issue.

As always, keep safety in mind when reporting issues. Do not attempt to use the app while driving and do not stand in roadways to take pictures.

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Section of Grand Avenue to Close for Six Weeks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Robert Zaino, 760-839-4001

The City of Escondido will close a one block segment of Grand Avenue between Quince Street and Pine Street to traffic from April 26 until approximately June 7, 2011. The road closure is needed to accommodate the final improvements of the Mercado Project, including the lowering of the roadway by two feet, concrete work, curbs and cross gutters and pedestrian sidewalks.

In an effort to minimize the impact this will have on affected businesses, signs will be posted notifying the public that the businesses are open and also directing them to nearby parking.

Residents with questions or comments may contact the City of Escondido’s Field Engineering Office at 760-839-4664.
 

Lake Wohlford Road to Reopen on April 12

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Dan Higbee, 760-807-1119

The City of Escondido will reopen Lake Wohlford Road to all traffic at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. All hillside stabilization efforts have been completed and crews are in the process of completing the hydroseeding operation for erosion control.

Southland Paving, Inc. was the contractor hired by the City of Escondido to stabilize the slope.

Lake Wohlford Road Likely to Remain Closed Through April 11

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Lake Wohlford Road will remain closed to all traffic between Lake Wohlford Court and Oakvale Road likely through April 11, 2011 while corrective measures are made to the hillside.

Tests conducted by West Coast Geotechnical Consultants have confirmed that the slope is unstable and measures will need to be taken before the road can be reopened.  The City will be hiring a contractor within the next two days to do the work. Funding for the repairs will come from the City’s Street Maintenance Fund.

Lake Wohlford and the surrounding community can be accessed following the detour route which is north on S6 Valley Center Road to Woods Valley Road which returns you to North Lake Wohlford Road.

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Note to Editors:  A news release will be distributed once the road is opened to traffic again.
 

Lake Wohlford Road to Remain Closed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Lake Wohlford Road will remain closed to all traffic between Lake Wohlford Court and Oakvale Road at least through March 29, 2011, pending further evaluation of the stability of the hillside.

Lake Wohlford and the surrounding community can be accessed following the detour route which is north on S6 Valley Center Road to Woods Valley Road which returns you to North Lake Wohlford Road.

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Note to Editors:  A news release will be distributed once the road is opened to traffic again.

Clarification About City Consultant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido City Manager Clay Phillips announced today that there was no truth to the assertion made at the March 16, 2011 City Council meeting that Charles Black, a consultant representing the City of Escondido in minor league ballpark negotiations with the Moorad Group, was a current member of the Padres’ Board of Directors. The assertion appears to have been based on erroneous information found on the Bloomberg Businessweek website.

City officials noted that Charles Black, of C.B. Urban Development, was chosen to assist Escondido with its ballpark negotiations because of his years of experience in the development of Petco Park and other municipal projects, including the San Diego Civic Center and the Convention Center expansion.

Mr. Black had been member of the San Diego Padres Board of Directors prior to 2005. He was formerly president of the Padres and had responsibility for the development of Petco Park. In late 2002 he left the Padres and was employed by JMI (John Moores Interest) with responsibility for developing the ballpark district in San Diego. He continued in that role until early 2006 and then became regional manager for the Irvine Company, LLC.

The City is in negotiations with Jeff Moorad to build a Triple A ballpark in Escondido. Mr. Moorad was not affiliated with the San Diego Padres during Mr. Black’s association with the Padres.

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Escondido Road Closure

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Rafael Rivera, 760-802-0760

On Monday, March 14, 2011, the City of Escondido will close the intersection of Redwood Street and 15th Avenue beginning at 7:00 a.m. in order to make street repairs to the cross gutter. The road will remained closed until approximately 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 18.  Detour signs will be posted. NO vehicles will be able to get through, including emergency vehicles.

Motorists are advised to use an alternate route during the hours of construction listed above. Should you have any questions or comments, please contact 760-839-4668.

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