2019 State of the City Address

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     

CONTACT: Teresa Collins, 760-270-4707

Escondido Mayor Paul McNamara will hold the 2019 State of the City address in partnership with the Escondido Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at 8:00 a.m. at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd.

Mayor McNamara will be sharing the City's accomplishments from the past year and his vision for the future of Escondido, and the City Council will be presenting the 2019 Escondido City Council Awards. The program will be led by Irv Erdos from the San Diego Union-Tribune. The event is free to attend or $20 with breakfast that begins at 7:30 a.m. Breakfast tickets and sponsorships can be purchased through the Escondido Chamber of Commerce: http://escondidochamber.org/escondido-state-of-the-city/

The meeting will be videotaped and rebroadcast the following Sunday and Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. on Cox. Ch. 19 and AT&T U-Verse Ch. 99.

Escondido to Hold Monthly "Meet the Mayor" Community Meetings

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CONTACT: Michelle Geller, 760-839-4587

Beginning this month, Escondido's new mayor, Paul "Mac" McNamara, will hold a series of monthly community meetings in different locations throughout Escondido. The meetings are an opportunity for residents, business owners and other members of the Escondido community to meet the new mayor in an informal setting. "I really look forward to meeting the residents of the city and hearing their ideas on how we can move forward as a community," said Mayor McNamara.

The meetings are open to the public, and no pre-registration is required. Following is a schedule of upcoming meetings:

  • February 20, 10 - 11 a.m., Cute Cakes, 345 W. Grand Ave.
  • March 20, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Interfaith Community Services - 550 W. Washington
  • April 17, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., East Valley Community Center - 2245 E. Valley Pkwy

Additional dates will be posted on the City's website at www.escondido.org/meetthemayor.aspx



Escondido Public Library Hosts 15th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser

CONTACT: Dan Wood, 760-839-4827

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library and the Friends of Literacy Services will host the 15th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Auditorium of the Park Avenue Community Center, located at 210 Park Ave, Escondido, CA 92025. Doors open for player check-in at 8:00 a.m. and tournament play begins at 9:00 a.m. Players must pre-register by March 5, 2019 online at escondidolibrary.org/scrabblethon, by mail, or in person at the Literacy Services office, located on the 2nd floor of the Library. The registration fee for adults is $25.00; registration for high school students is $15.00.

The Scrabble® tournament consists of five 30-minute games and is open to adults and high school students. Players sign-up to play in one of three divisions: Novice, Intermediate, or Advanced. Participants can compete individually or as a part of a four-player team. Team play requires that all four teammates compete within the same division. Players compete for prizes at the end of each game as well as the final awards for highest individual and team scores.

Scrabble-Thon raises funds to benefit the Library's Literacy Services program. Sponsored by the Friends of Literacy Services, 100% of the proceeds will be used to provide literacy materials and resources. There will be opportunity drawings, a Pick-a-Tile game, and silent auction items throughout Scrabble-Thon. Donations are tax-deductible.

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information on Scrabble-Thon and library services visit escondidolibrary.org or contact Senior Librarian for Literacy Services, Dan Wood, at 760-839-4827 or dan.wood@escondidolibrary.org.


Annual Recruitment for City Boards and Commissions

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CONTACT: Zack Beck, City Clerk, 760-839-4617

The City of Escondido is seeking volunteers to serve on the Library Board of Trustees. Interested citizens who would like to apply may file an application with the City Clerk's Office no later than February 15, 2019.

Applications are being accepted for:


  • Library Board of Trustees

Volunteers for the Library Board serve a three-year term.  Meeting times and subject matters are outlined in a Handbook available at the City Clerk's Office or on the City's website.  For further information concerning qualifications and an application form, please contact the City Clerk's Office at City Hall, 201 North Broadway, Escondido, or call 760-839-4617.  You may access the website application form and handbook at http://www.escondido.org/boards-commissions.aspx

Escondido Public Library's Holiday Food for Fines Benefits Locals in Need

CONTACT: Katy Duperry, 760-839-4624

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library's annual Holiday Food for Fines event was a community success. This popular program provided Library patrons with the opportunity to clear up to $20.00 in fines from their account through food donations. The collection drive ran from November 26 through December 31, 2018, and the Library accumulated 56 crates of food weighing 1,680 pounds. Proceeds from the drive were donated to Interfaith Community Services in Escondido which distributed the food to families in need throughout the North County area (www.interfaithservices.org/).

For more information about Food for Fines, contact Senior Librarian, Technology & Support Services Katy Duperry katy.duperry@escondidolibrary.org or 760-839-4624. Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. More information about all Library activities can be found at www.escondidolibrary.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido.


Escondido Public Library Kick Starts 2019 with Community-Wide Wellness Fair

CONTACT: Azar Katouzian, 760-839-4814

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library will host the first-ever Wellness Fair. This all-ages event is free and will be held on Saturday, January 26, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. More than twenty Escondido businesses are partnering with the Library to share their resources to help start the New Year with good health.

Participating partners include IHOT, St. Paul's Pace, AMCR Institute Inc., Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, Interfaith Community Services, Neighborhood HealthCare, Seniors Helping Seniors, Southern Caregiver Resource Center, United Healthcare community plan, San Diego Children's Discovery Museum, and more!

This program is sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information on this and other programs, visit the Library's website at www.escondidolibrary.org or contact Adult Services Librarian Azar Katouzian at azar.katouzian@escondidolibrary.org or 760-839-4814. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.


Escondido Public Library Hosts Winter-Spring 2019 Events for Families

CONTACT: Kristine Mirate, 760-839-5458

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library offers special programming for children and their families in the month of January. All events are free and open to the public.

  • Weekly Baby Storytimes at SDCDM for pre-walkers-3 years old and their families. Every Monday starting January 7, 2019 from 10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., children and their families can attend Baby Storytime at the San Diego Children's Discovery Museum. The Museum is located at 320 North Broadway. Storytime runs from January 7, 2019 to May 20, 2019.
  • Stem Exploration Hour for children ages 6-12 and their families on Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the Library's Turrentine Room. Explore hydraulics, wind power, coding, and engineering at various activity stations. The library's 3D printer, Silhouette Cameo printer, and raspberry Pi's will be on display.
  • Inclusive Art Club for all ages on the first and third Fridays of the month in the Library's Turrentine Room. On select Fridays, starting January 4, 2019 from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m., children and their families can enjoy stories and create art from favorite picture books. The program runs from January 4, 2019 to April 19, 2019.

All programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about these programs visit www.escondidolibrary.org or contact Children's Librarian, Kristine Mirate, at 760-839-5458 or kristine.mirate@escondidolibrary.org.




Nominations Sought for 2019 City Council Awards


CONTACT: Michelle Geller, 760-839-4587


Each year at the State of the City meeting, the Escondido City Council recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to improve the quality of life in Escondido through volunteer service. Nominations now are being solicited for these awards.


The public is encouraged to submit nominations of qualified members of the community for consideration. Award nomination forms can be obtained by calling the City Manager's Office (760-839-4631) or by downloading a copy from the City's web site: https://www.escondido.org/council-awards.aspx


Categories include: Arts, Business, Community, Education, Public Safety, Historic Preservation, and Youth. The deadline for nomination is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30, 2019.

A sub-committee of the City Council will review all nominations and make its final selection in early February. The awards will be presented at the Annual State of the City Address on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.


About Escondido

Incorporated in 1888, Escondido is a safe, clean, and efficiently managed city of nearly 150,000 residents. Escondido is home to a growing number of businesses and a wide range of cultural, educational, healthcare, tourism, and recreation amenities, making the City the ideal destination in which to live, work and play.

East Valley Community Center Holiday Closure

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     

CONTACT: Danielle Lopez, 760-839-6269

Due to the City of Escondido's observance of the holidays as well as annual maintenance to the gym floors, the East Valley Community Center, located at 2245 East Valley Parkway, will have a modified schedule on Monday, December 24, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., for Open Gym Basketball, and closed on Tuesday, December 25, 2018 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019. The Community Center will reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. For information call (760) 839-6269 or visit the website at www.recreation.escondido.org.

Incorporated in 1888, Escondido is a safe, clean, and efficiently managed city of nearly 150,000 residents. Escondido is home to a growing number of businesses and a wide range of cultural, educational, healthcare, tourism, and recreation amenities, making the City the ideal destination in which to live, work and play.

Queen Califia's Magical Circle Open Two Saturdays in December

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CONTACT: Kristina Owens, 760-839-4519

Weather permitting, Queen Califia's Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public this Saturday, December 8, and Saturday, December 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Queen Califia docents will be on site to answer questions.

Queen Califia's Magical Circle is the only American sculpture garden and the last major international project created by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002). Inspired by California's mythic, historic, and cultural roots, the garden consists of nine large-scale sculptures, a circular "snake wall" and maze entryway, sculpturally integrated bench seating and native shrubs and trees planted within the interior plaza and along the outer perimeter. The garden bears the brilliant, unique mosaic ornamentation that is an unmistakable part of de Saint Phalle's later work.