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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 or call (760) 839-4587 or RSVP via the City of Escondido’s Facebook page at!/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. 



Sewage Spill


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.


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


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.”


Traffic Advisory for Mission Road - August 2, 2011

The massive transporter hauling part of a retired steam generator from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station to Utah currently is parked in the center two-way turn lane in the 1300 block of West Mission Road.    The #1 lanes in both directions are closed.  Motorists should expect traffic delays in the area throughout the afternoon and evening. The operation will resume late tonight with the vehicle expected to encounter minimal difficulty in Escondido due to our wide and relatively standard grade streets.

The generator is being moved by a 192-wheel truck during late night/early morning hours and is not allowed to travel after 6:00 a.m.  Security for the equipment is being provided by the San Diego County Sherriff’s Office and armed security.


Community Meeting to Discuss Escondido Creek Trail Master Plan


Contact: Dan Hippert, (760) 839-6328

On Wednesday, July 20, 2011 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the City of Escondido will host a community meeting 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:

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 .


Ribbon Cutting for Grand Avenue/Mercado Project


Contact: Robert Zaino, 760-839-4664

Escondido city officials announce that a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of the Grand Avenue/Mercado Project will be held on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. on Grand Avenue and Pine Street.  Escondido Mayor Sam Abed and members of the City Council will participate, along with representatives from the Mercado Association and the contractor, Dick Miller Construction, Inc.  Immediately following the ceremony, the Mercado Association will host a brunch to thank the construction crews and dignitaries involved with the project.

The Grand Avenue/Mercado Project consists of improvements both within the block between Quince Street and Pine Street as well as pedestrian lighting and street trees in the downtown area from Centre City Parkway to Maple Street and from Juniper Street to Valley Boulevard.  The improvements on Grand Avenue between Quince Street and Pine Street include new paving, curb, gutter, storm drain system, sidewalk, new traffic signal at Grand Avenue and Quince Street, street trees with grates, pedestrian lights, string lights, colored concrete, paver stones, irrigation, landscaping with lighting, seating areas with benches and urn fountains.       

The final cost of the total project was $2.25 million.  Funding for the project includes a $1,320,000 Smart Growth Incentive Program Grant from Sandag as well as Gas Tax, Traffic Impact Fee and Prop 42 funding. 



Daley Ranch Shuttle To Be Discontinued


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-5621

The Daley Ranch Shuttle will be temporarily discontinued effective July 1, 2011 until a new provider of that service can be found. The current provider, Redwood Senior Homes &  Services, has decided not to renew its contract which expires on June 30, 2011.

Since private motorized vehicles are not permitted within Daley Ranch, the City had been providing the free shuttle service, which ran every Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The shuttle picked up passengers at the La Honda Drive entrance gate on the half-hour and on the hour, and picked up passengers at the Ranch House for the return trip on the quarter hour.


Escondido Town Hall Meeting


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido Mayor Sam Abed will hold a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. in the Mitchell Room 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.

The meeting will begin with a brief overview of city services by Departments Heads, followed by an open question and answer period.


City Goes Live With Online Video Tourbook


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Visitors, businesses and residents interested in taking a virtual tour of Escondido can now do so from the City of Escondido’s official Web site at

Featured in the City’s newly launched “Video Tourbook” are 10 one-minute professionally produced videos covering a range of topics.   In addition to a welcome message by Mayor Sam Abed, the collection includes videos highlighting Escondido’s arts and entertainment offerings, restaurants, real estate and historic downtown.  The community video site also features the logos and videos of local businesses who have signed on as sponsors of the program.

Escondido’s Video Tourbook is made possible through a partnership with CGI Communications, an internet marketing company headquartered in Rochester, NY.  CGI worked closely with City of Escondido staff to produce the community videos, and the program is offered at no cost to the City.


East Valley Branch Library Closing June 16, 2011


Contact: Laura Mitchell, City Librarian, 760-839-4601

On Wednesday, June 8, the Escondido City Council passed a budget for Fiscal Year 2011-12 that discontinued funding the operation of the East Valley Branch Library, located at 2245 East Valley Parkway in the East Valley Community Center. The branch library will close effective Thursday, June 16, at 6:00 PM.

After June 16, library patrons will pick up all reserved materials at the Main Library at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.  As a convenience to the public, outside book return units at East Valley Branch Library will remain open until mid-July. After that, all books and library materials must be returned to the Main Library, 239 S. Kalmia Street, Escondido.

The City Council has directed staff to explore options to maintain public access to branch library computers at the East Valley location; however, computer access will be unavailable until a new plan is developed and implemented. 

The Escondido Main Library will continue to serve the community with computer access and to offer outstanding services and programs for children, teens and adults.  Summer Reading for children and teens begins June 16 and runs through July 31. For more information on these and other programs, visit the library’s web site at or call 769-839-4683. 


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